School officials respond to perceived threat of shooting at high school

Russell County Schools officials say a high school student sent out messages threatening a school shooting, although officials also told WJRS News they believe the messages were not a credible threat.

School officials became aware of the threatening messages Sunday evening after a parent notified the district’s safety director Jackie Grider that his daughter received multiple messages warning of a shooting that would occur today.

Through an investigation with local law enforcement, Kentucky State Police, and officials at the district and high school, officers were able to identify the student who sent the messages.

School officials say the messages were meant for bullying and believe the threats were not credible.

Superintendent Michael Ford told WJRS News charges are being filed against the student and the student will not be attending school while the district determines the next disciplinary steps.

Ford told WJRS News any perceived threat against the school is taken seriously, and while the district believes these threats were not credible, messages like that are reported to law enforcement.


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