Bullitt High Schools see low attendance Friday after bomb threats
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bomb sniffing dogs and armed officers were on hand at two Bullitt County High Schools Friday after threats were found on notes in the school and on social media. Despite the extra security, many parents chose to keep their students home.
The notes threatened bombings on Friday at both North Bullitt High School and at Bullitt Central High school. Although district officials said they believe the threats were a hoax, but take all threats seriously.
The student parking lot was mostly empty at North Bullitt High School, and it appears many kids did not feel comfortable coming to class.
"One of my classes only had eight people in it," said one Bullitt High School student. "And it's usually has like 31."
Dequon Nesbitt, a junior at North Bullitt did show up for classes on Friday, but was still a little uneasy.
"I had that little thing in the back of my head, like, you know what if it really happens if something goes down. I wasn't potentially worried but it was always knocking because you never know what could happen."
One by one, parents checked their kids out of school early -- despite leaders saying it was all likely a hoax. The district reported more than 1,300 hundred absences at the two schools.
"Very frustrating; very, very frustrating. Kids need to get their education and this is not the situation you want them to be in," parent Farentto Nesbitt said.
On Thursday police arrested a juvenile in response to a post on social media that threatened a bombing Friday at North Bullitt High School. A note with a similar threat was also found in the back of a classroom. It isn't known if the same person is responsible for both of those threats.
"Anytime a threat is made I don't want my child anywhere near it," mother Kristy Vest said.
Deputies say they arrested a student behind social media posts Thursday, but it's not clear if the same person is responsible for all of the threats. The person responsible could face expulsion and terroristic threatening charges.
"They postponed all the tests until Monday," Dashon Nesbitt said. He believes that was the motive.
Some students say the threats were an attempt to throw off the grading period which ended Friday and the district now worried about copy cat crimes.
"I'm very concerned with it. We see across america that the contagion affect is paramount, but I also know that we take a stance of taking thing very seriously and I believe with the swift action we've done over the last couple days it has provided a message to the students," Bullitt County Schools safety coordinator Sarah Hardin said.
"Thought we were going to die," Noah Larkins said after school. "But nothing really happened."
On Wednesday, officials at Bullitt Central High School reported find a note threatening a bombing in one of the school's restrooms.
Although school officials say they believe both threats are a hoax, they went on heightened alert, bringing in bomb sniffing dogs to sweep the school as well as extra armed security.
Even so, parents are still worried.
"I fell really uncomfortable due to the situation," said Farentto Nesbitt. "I don't want nothing to happen to any student or any kids around here ... or any teacher or faculty members. I want them to stay safe, if possible."
The lesson at Nort Bullitt and Bullitt Central High Schools Friday: safety first.
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