Threat investigated at Winburn Middle School

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An alleged threat on social media forced a Lexington middle school to go on heightened alert on Wednesday.

The principal of Winburn Middle School sent out a notice to parents on Wednesday, saying they were made aware of the possible threat that morning and that the school was working with law enforcement to investigate.

The school went on heightened alert, meaning movement around the building was limited and access to social media was restricted.

The email sent out to parents read:

Dear Winburn Middle School Families:

As you may be aware, since the tragic violence in schools in Florida and Benton Kentucky, schools across the state and nation have been experiencing a rash of copy-cat threats.

I am writing to make you aware that this morning we were made aware of a possible threat against our school made through social media. We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will have placed our school on heightened alert while we are investigating to ensure added security. During this heightened alert, we will be limiting movement around the building and curtailing access to social media in order to more easily identify the individual responsible for this inappropriate social media comment.

I want to reassure you that we take any and all reports of potential threats against our students, staff and campus seriously and will take all steps necessary to keep Winburn Middle School a safe place to learn and work. According to state law, threats like these are a felony and we will prosecute those responsible for this incident to the fullest extent of the law.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and sensitivity to this situation. I felt it was important for me to communicate directly with our families about this matter and I will send an update as I have additional information.


Whitney Allison, Principal

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