Online video of Kingsport student waving knife prompts police investigation


An online video showing a Kingsport City Schools student waving a knife and appearing to make threats prompted a police investigation and administrative action.

KCS Assistant Superintendent Andy True confirmed an investigation was conducted late last week into the video, and he told News Channel 11 that the issue has been dealt with administratively.

The video showing a DB Excel student waving a knife and speaking to the camera about threatening to stab someone to death received thousands of views and comments from some people wondering why the school system said nothing publicly about the video or any action administrators took regarding it.

True said that administrators and Kingsport police did investigate the video.

Kingsport police confirmed Thursday that officers were doing “hourly patrols of DB Excel.”

True also encouraged any parents or guardians with concerns about this incident or anything else to call their child’s school to speak with an administrator.

DB Excel is a program of Dobyns-Bennett High School and is housed near the school system central office in Kingsport. There are around 225 students enrolled in the program that features small class sizes and offers individualized learning plans.

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