Student arrested in Danville school threat that lead to lockdowns
Danville Police say they received a call from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car service center, nearly 350 miles away, in St. Louis.
According to Danville Police, the Enterprise employee told a dispatcher that a man had called their 1-800 telephone number and told them he had a bus full of children outside of a Danville elementary school and was going to start shooting if he did not receive a ransom payment.
Police immediately started calling schools in Boyle County and ordered them to lockdown and secure their buildings.
“Some will call it a lockdown, some will call it a soft lockdown, or even a shelter in place,” said Dr. Keith Look, Superintendent of Danville Independent Schools. “We want to make sure that moment that we know exactly where everybody is. Whether it [is] staff, students, or any other visitors in our building. They are quickly able to take a full attendance.”
While police were locking down and searching school buildings, detectives say they tracked down the reported caller, who turned out to be a 15-year old boy inside Boyle County High School. Danville Police say the student was charged with terroristic threatening. His name wasn’t released because of his age.