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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville Police say a Jeffersonville High School student is behind bars after he made threats to the safety of the school on social media.
Police say the 15-year-old freshman spread a rumor online that there would be violence at the school on Friday, December 21.
The student was arrested before school started Tuesday morning and is now at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. Officials say he has two felony charges of intimidation and terroristic deception.
Police say they do not believe the student intended to carry out the threats, but arrested him because it is a felony to make a threat about the safety of a school.
Dr. Andrew Melin, Superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools, says, "It is our hope that this incident, it's unfortunate that it occurred, but it does show how seriously we're taking these kinds of situations."
Police do not believe the student had any intentions of acting violently. But in light of recent events, this threat was enough to charge the freshman with two felonies.
Melin says, "Emotions are fragile after the tragic event last week in Connecticut. Unfortunately it is not unusual for rumors during these difficult times to circulate."
The Greater Clark County Schools superintendent says the school district is taking steps to create increased safety measures in its schools.
Parents need to notify their child's school if visiting during the school day, and may be asked to show identification to access the building. Classroom doors will also be closed and locked while teachers are leading their classes.
The district is also installing camera and buzzer systems controlling visitor access to the buildings before students return from break on January 7th.
The district wants to reiterate, its schools are safe. Parents and students should feel comfortable going back to school.