Police: Juvenile in custody after North Bullitt High School social media threat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Bullitt County say they've taken a juvenile into custody in connection with a threat posted on social media.
The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office says it received a report of an online threat involving North Bullitt High School yesterday. Officers say they started an immediate investigation. Within seven hours, police were able to identify the person who posted the threat by using computer forensic techniques. That was when police took the person into custody.
District officials tell us a hand written note was also found in the back of a classroom at North Bullitt High School. It read that a bomb would blow up the school Friday. Police haven't said whether the note is connected to the threat posted on social media.
A letter was sent home to North Bullitt High School parents Thursday afternoon.
This comes after a similar threat at Bullitt Central High School.
The School district's attorney says additional police will be at both schools Friday along with bomb sniffing dogs and the schools will remain open.
The students responsible for each threat could face expulsion and a felony charge of terroristic threatening.
The following letter was sent home to parents:
Dear Parents and Friends of North Bullitt High School,
North Bullitt High School and Bullitt County Public Schools are dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents. Key to that partnership is open communication. For this reason, I want to make you aware of the facts surrounding the potential threat that occurred today.
Today, around 11:00 we found a note written on a piece of paper in a classroom, that stated the school would blow up on Friday. We always take any threat to the safety of students and staff seriously. We involved law enforcement and district safety personnel immediately and started investigating the potential for harm. We have upgraded security measures and will have law enforcement and bomb sniffing canine units on hand during the threat timeframe. We are confident in our ability to maintain the safety of our students. It is our feeling that this is simply a hoax, intended to disrupt good order and our educational process. However, hoax or not, we will implement all safety procedures and requirements for a safe school.
Our school building will remain carefully guarded, checked and re-checked, so that we may remain open. We practice safety procedures regularly, and we are very pleased with the cooperation of our first responders and our ability to respond to emergencies.
Please do not hesitate to call if you have any further questions.
Bob Morris M.Ed Principal
North Bullitt High School
Bullitt County Public Schools
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