Two taken into custody outside Fern Creek H.S. after lockdown - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Two taken into custody outside Fern Creek H.S. after lockdown


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB News has learned that two students were briefly taken into custody outside Fern Creek High School, before being released to JCPS.

The incident started Friday afternoon, when Fern Creek High School and Fern Creek Elementary School were both placed on lockdown.

Lauren Roberts, a spokeswoman for Jefferson County Public Schools, says a student at the school texted a family member saying that there was a rumor a student brought a gun to school today. The student in question was listed as being absent, though there were reports that he was seen in the parking lot.

Police responded and began searching school grounds for the boy, as students texted their parents, many of whom waited anxiously outside the school.  Some parents said students were hiding inside closets and beneath desks.

One student said officers came into a classroom with guns drawn and questioned a student they believed looked like the boy, but left soon afterward.  "It was scary," the student said.  "My heart dropped."

Roberts says the boy they were seeking was eventually found nearby, off school property. No weapon was found on his person. Information obtained by investigators indicated that the weapon may have been handed off to a second student, but when that student was apprehended, no weapon was found.

Since then, the all-clear has been issued and Roberts says the high school will dismiss as usual.

WDRB Web Producer Dave Creek, who was on the scene, witnessed one of the arrests. He said police spoke to several youths outside of the school and made them put their hands on the wall of the fire house across the street. Their belongings were searched, including a backpack. All of the young people were released, except for one, who was handcuffed and driven away in a police vehicle.

Several parents said they were frustrated that they were not receiving information from JCPS.  One parent, Jessica Johnson, said, "There was no emails, no phone calls, no texts, no nothing.  I have found out from a friend, who I think got it from WDRB that broke it first or something."

On Friday afternoon after school was dismissed, Fern Creek's principal, Dr. Houston Barber, released this e-mail:


Everyone at Fern Creek High School is safe after a lockdown this afternoon. School has ended and students have gone home. We received a report from Metro Safe that a student might be on or near our campus with a weapon. Because student safety is our top priority, we initiated the lockdown until police searched the area and gave the all clear. Police did take an individual into custody off our campus but no weapon was found. 

Our students and staff did a great job thanks to our routine drills and training. Most extracurricular and athletic activities will continue after school and through the weekend (including our fantastic production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz).

Fern Creek High is a safe and secure school. Keeping our students, faculty and staff safe is our primary concern and we work hard to make that happen. Communications is also a priority, once we have assured that everyone is safe. Please call us if you have any questions. We'll see everyone Monday morning. I hope you have a safe and restful weekend. 

Houston Barber, Ph.D

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