Bernheim Middle School officials investigating threatening message
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials at Bernheim Middle School are taking extra steps to ensure students' safety after a message was found in a restroom saying the school would "blow up" on Friday.
Bullitt County Board of Education attorney Eric Farris has confirmed that a letter was sent home to parents on Wednesday notifying them of the threat. The letter stated that officials believe the message, found written on a wall in the girls restroom, is a hoax intended to disrupt classes. According to the note, the message said the school was "going to blow up" on Friday.
The letter, printed below, asked parents not to overreact by keeping their kids home on Friday:
To: Bernheim Middle School Parents
Early this afternoon, we located a note scribbled on the wall in a girl’s restroom stating that the school was going to blow up on Friday. All threats to the safety of our staff and students are taken seriously; therefore, we have taken steps to notify our local law enforcement and immediately began the investigation process. It is our belief that this message is nothing more than a hoax meant to disrupt the wonderful learning that takes place at Bernheim Middle School. However, we are implementing necessary procedures and measures to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.
I strongly urge you to discuss with your child that Bullitt County Public Schools will not tolerate this activity, even as a prank, and will pursue the strongest possible penalty, at the very least a request for expulsion from our school district. Our students deserve every educational opportunity and respectfully ask that you not over-react by keeping your child home in response to this. It will only encourage additional acts and further disruption of our students’ important work.
Please let us know if we can help answer any questions or concerns.
Several other schools have received similar threats in recent weeks. A student was arrested on Oct. 15 after a threat was made on social media against North Bullitt High School. Another student was arrested in early October for allegedly calling 911 with threats against Western High School and Valley High School.
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