Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 17, 2013

Student arrested in threats

Mike James
The Independent

LLOYD — State police have arrested a 17-year-old Greenup County High School student following two phoned-in threats to the school.

The student, whose name was not released because he is younger than 18, has been charged with first- and second-degree terroristic threatening and two counts of wanton endangerment, according to a statement from the Ashland post of the Kentucky State Police. The offenses all are felonies.

Police took the student to the Boyd County Juvenile Detention Center.

The student is accused of texting a bomb threat to the school Monday and a threat of an imminent shooting on Tuesday.

Investigators found the person making the threats had tried to conceal his identity by using a cellphone app designed to change his number with each text, according to state police.

The Monday threat resulted in the evacuation of the school and students were kept out while emergency officials searched the building. On Tuesday, all district schools were locked down while officials searched the school again.

Neither search uncovered any evidence of a bomb or weapon.

“Our intent is to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” district spokeswoman Scarlet Shoemaker said.

“Threats of this nature are extremely serious and will not be tolerated,” James P. Stephens, commander of the Ashland KSP post, said in a written statement. “The Kentucky State Police will act with due diligence in an effort to resolve complaints of this nature. Any individual responsible will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

District officials will refine their emergency procedures following the two events, Shoemaker said. Procedures went smoothly for the most part because the district has drilled frequently, she said.

Among the refinements, all parents will be notified via the SchoolCast system in the event of future emergencies, she said. Most parents were so notified on Monday and Tuesday, but henceforth it will be a districtwide procedure, she said.

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