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Students evacuated from Martha Layne Collins High School after threat

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Parents of students at Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville have been notified of a "security threat" phoned in to the school at noon.  That's according to Duanne Puckett with the Shelby County School System.

Puckett says parents were notified by the school system's "one-call" notification system. All students and staff were evacuated to the football field; that's where parents could pick up their students.

Parents of students who drove to school were asked to call the school office with the student's name so the student could be dismissed to his or her car.  Plans were being made to take care of students who ride the school bus.

Neihof says the school district and local police will continue to investigate the telephoned threat, and they promise to prosecute anyone found responsible for it.  "Our community does not accept and tolerate that sort of behavior," Neihof said.

The superintendent, James Neihof, says the call came in at 11:52 a.m., and was reported to police within "a matter of minutes."  The building evacuation began shortly after noon, and all students were evacuated by 12:10 p.m., according to Neihof. 

The evacuation disrupted a day of KSTEP testing, which is the state's standardized achievement testing. We're told the school district would need to determine how to reschedule the testing, and whether it would need to start today's testing all over again.

"I had several students tell me they were very disappointed and were well into their work," Neihof said. "And because of this event, they had to leave unfinished work, and they're very hopeful they don't have to start over on that work."

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