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Principal: Friday threat at JCPS middle school not credible

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Highland Middle School in Louisville. Highland Middle School in Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A JCPS principal says a vague threat for Friday at Highland Middle School is not credible. That message went to parents in an email Thursday afternoon.

Principal Steve Heckman wrote that classes will be held as normal Friday, although with what he called "a slightly elevated security level."

"Highland has learned of a message indicating that something might occur here on Friday, December 4. Both the nature and even the purported target of the warning are unclear," Heckman said.

Here is Heckman's letter in full, as obtained and confirmed by WDRB News. Any emphasis is from Heckman.

December 3, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to make you aware that Highland Middle School is the latest subject of a growing number of attempts that are being seen around the state and across the country to disrupt school with vague or anonymous threats. In this instance, Highland has learned of a message indicating that something might occur here on Friday, December 4. Both the nature and even the purported target of the warning are unclear.

We take very seriously any potential threat to the safety of our schools and immediately notify JCPS security experts when we learn of anything that could raise concerns. JCPS security experts have assessed this particular situation, and determined that there is no credible threat.

It’s unfortunate that these attempts to disrupt school can put students, parents, and staff on edge, but please be assured that your child’s safety is our highest priority. Highland is following JCPS’ strict protocol to ensure our school is safe tomorrow.  With appropriate measures being taken, including operating the school on a slightly elevated security level, classes will be held as normal on Friday.

Please also remind your student that threats to schools, staff, or other students are serious, and should be reported to school officials or JCPS security immediately, so they can be assessed.  Perpetrating a threat, even as a hoax or joke, is also extremely serious and can result in felony charges of terroristic threatening.

I look forward to seeing your students at school tomorrow. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at 485-8366.

Sincerely,

Steve Heckman, Principal

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