Henry Clay High latest school to be disrupted by unfounded threat

Anonymous letter threatens harm to school

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Another school is disrupted by a hint of threats of harm and school administrators say the issue is becoming increasingly problematic.

The latest came Thursday afternoon at Henry Clay High School in Fayette County when a student found an anonymous letter threatening violence, Principal Paul Little said Friday in a letter to parents and stakeholders.

The student responsible for the note was identified Friday morning and  action has been taken, Little said in his letter.

“Please help us remind our students that situations like this are extremely serious. While some may think this is a joke, it is important that our students understand that making threats against a school is a felony under state law. We will not tolerate disruption of the learning environment,” the principal stated.

“I want to again thank the many students who responded appropriately by sharing the information they received with adults. That is the correct response and helps underscore the importance of reporting any safety concern immediately to a trusted adult,” he continued.

Little’s complete letter is below:

Dear Henry Clay High School Families:

One of my top priorities as your principal is to make sure we have open lines of communication between home and school. Just as we hope you will let us know about situations at home that affect your children, we want you to trust that we will inform you anytime something unusual happens at school.

I’m writing to make you aware that late yesterday, one of our students found an anonymous letter threatening violence at our school. We immediately began an investigation, and quickly determined that this was not a credible threat. Given the nature of the investigation, we were unable to share information with families yesterday without impeding the resolution of the case. Due to the vigilance of our Fayette County Public Schools Police Department and Henry Clay administration, we identified the student responsible for the letter this morning and appropriate action is being taken.

Please help us remind our students that situations like this are extremely serious. While some may think this is a joke, it is important that our students understand that making threats against a school is a felony under state law. We will not tolerate disruption of the learning environment.

I want to again thank the many students who responded appropriately by sharing the information they received with adults. That is the correct response and helps underscore the importance of reporting any safety concern immediately to a trusted adult.

This is also an excellent time to remind our students that they can report information anonymously through the STOP Tipline on our website.

Anytime there is a health or safety issue at school, we want you to hear the facts from us. Thank you for the privilege of working with your children and for your understanding that we are working diligently to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment on campus.

Please don’t hesitate to call me at 859-381-3423 if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Paul Little, Principal

Henry Clay High School

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