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JCPS parents split on sending kids to school in wake of threats

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Parents are split on whether they will send their children to school on Friday after an unspecified threat to area schools.

“I got a text alert from JCPS on my phone about a potential threat,”  said Vickie Woods.

With texts and letters sent home with students, parents were alerted to Friday’s threat.

“It's always a precaution because you don't know what’s going on or what the threat is or how many schools are involved,” Woods said.

“They gave us this letter and said they are going to be on a level three security alert for tomorrow,” said Central High School student Raymont Cleveland.

For parents any threat of violence, even if it doesn't mention their child's school, is one to be taken seriously.

“Kids when they go to school are supposed to be safe and in a safe environment and when there's people out there threatening them or threatening to harm the children, then it's a big concern,” Woods said.

“I don't want him hurt,” said Cristie Coleman of her third grade son. “I don't want my son hurt under no circumstances. I don't want any kid hurt for that matter.”

JCPS administrators urged Thursday afternoon that schools would be safe and so would the kids.

But some parents say they aren't sure about sending their kids to school.

“I think with a lot of parents right now, they would rather be safe than sorry so there probably won’t be a lot of children in school tomorrow,” Woods said.

“I'm going to talk to him first and tell him my reaction,” Coleman said. “Then I'll talk with my other family members and see what they say about it.”

All parents hope the threat is not acted upon.

“Just say a prayer that there's really nothing to be concerned about and if it is we just pray that its nothing serious and nobody gets hurt,” Woods added.

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