High number of school threats reported this week in Kentucky

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KENTUCKY (WTVQ)- Numerous school threats have been reported throughout the Commonwealth over the last several days.

Whitley County-The Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 17-year-old for threatening violence in the district. The Sheriff says he will be meeting with school leaders tomorrow to talk about the incident and safety in general.

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Knox County-Three arrests have been made in Knox County. State police say two younger students and one high schooler are behind bars. Around 2 PM Sunday, police got calls about a social media post threatening Knox County schools. Troopers and Barbourville Police investigated and found an I-P address where the threat came from. Troopers say a 13-year-old middle school student and a 16-year-old Knox County Learning Academy student came up with the idea to send the threat in hopes of school being cancelled. Both are in Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center for terroristic threatening. Megan Scott, a 19-year-old at Knox Central High was also arrested. She reportedly knew about the threats and didn’t notify police.

Clay County-  The Manchester Police Department also made an arrest this weekend for a school threat. The police department says a student posted a threatening message last night on social media. The student was taken to a juvenile detention facility. Manchester police says it works closely with Clay County Schools to keep kids safe. The department asks you always report anything suspicious.

Christian County- Our sister station in Bowling Green is reporting the Christian County Sheriff’s Office has a 15-year-old in custody for a threat made Thursday. Officials say a high school student threatened to “bring a gun and shoot up the school.” Authorities took the student into custody on a school bus and questioned him about it. Investigators say the student admitted to the statement, saying it was a joke. Of course, it is a felony, though, so the student was placed in the McCracken Juvenile Detention Center.

Fleming County- To the north in Fleming County, the superintendent sent parents a letter about rumors of a threat. The superintendent explains the rumor has to do with a situation several weeks ago that school administrators dealt with. He says it’s good that everyone is paying attention, but there are no threats right now towards any of the county schools so they will be open tomorrow.