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AUDIO: Police release audio of hoax 911 calls that led to heightened security at two JCPS schools

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shively Police have released a recording of the hoax 911 calls that led to heightened security at two Jefferson County Public high schools.

Western High School and Valley High School were put on heightened alert Wednesday after someone called 911 threatening violence. It's the second false threat at Western High School in less than two weeks.

The person called 911 Wednesday morning saying: "We didn't do it last time, but this time we're shooting everybody up at Western and Valley."



Police believe it is the same person who called 911 on Sept. 18, saying there was an "active shooter" at Western High School. Police swarmed the school that day, doing a methodical search of all classrooms and outdoor areas of Western. Officers found nothing and no students were in any danger.

After the second threatening call on Wednesday, JCPS officials put Western and Valley High Schools on a Level 3 heightened alert. Classes went on as scheduled, but students were monitored at all times and vacant rooms were locked. A JCPS spokesperson says buildings and backpacks were searched. A K-9 unit and extra security were posted at each school.

“This has gotten way out of hand. It's ridiculous behavior and it's not going to be tolerated. There are too many resources being tied up,” said Sgt. Josh Myers with Shively Police.

He adds tracing the calls has been difficult because they're being run through an internet system that disguises the number.

“Obviously we don't want there to be an actual situation, we're glad that it’s a hoax in that regard, but this is tying up a lot of manpower, its disrupting the school day, it's disrupting the parents.” Myers said.

Police have already played the 911 call to staff at the schools to see if anyone recognized the voice. Officers hope someone will know who the caller is and alert police to his identity. They plan to charge the person responsible with several counts of terroristic threatening and wanton endangerment.

Anyone with information on who the caller might be is asked to call the Shively Police tipline at (502) 930-2SPD.

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