Threats are keeping schools on high alert

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Madison County Public Schools faced a threat early Wednesday morning that came from ‘Snapchat’.

The district’s public information officer, Erin Stewart says the threat was made in a ‘Snapchat’ group chat.

Stewart says the threat involved students from Madison Middle School but the message never mentioned a particular school as a target.

“It was just very threatening language and references to a gun,” said Erin Steward, Madison County Public Information Officer.

The district says it got police involved right away. After an investigation, Stewart says officers didn’t find the threat credible but there were still more police at schools.

“With those types of things we always want to be sure people are safe,” said Stewart.

At every school in the county, staff members are hired to walk around campus and make sure nothing seems out of place. The middle and high schools also have trained school resource officers.

“We have units that patrol all our school campuses routinely throughout the week,” said Stewart.

Stewart says the district stays alert online. It has a system that monitors social media and notifies staff anytime the district or a school is mentioned.

Stewart says if students or parents hear or see anything that could be related to a threat, the best thing to do is tell someone at your school.



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