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UK student, health care employee arrested after allegedly placing campus bomb threat.

False bomb threat leads to police arresting UK student

A UK student and healthcare employee was arrested Thursday morning after police say she falsely reported a bomb threat made about the White Hall classroom building on Wednesday.
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A UK student and healthcare employee was arrested Thursday morning after police say she falsely reported a bomb threat made about the White Hall classroom building on Wednesday.

A University of Kentucky student who filed a police report Wednesday about a bomb threat on campus was arrested for falsely reporting an incident and terroristic threatening.

The woman who was arrested, 19-year-old Haily Duvall, is a sophomore from Glasgow and also a part-time employee at UK HealthCare, according to a release from the university.

The threats by Duvall triggered an increased “safety presence” around White Hall Classroom building, but events and classes will continue as normal Thursday, President Eli Capilouto said.

Duvall allegedly showed police four screenshots of Snapchat messages that indicated threats to the UK campus and community, according to her arrest citation. The messages threatened to harm people inside White Hall Classroom building on Thursday.

“One threat mentioned ‘Just wait I’ll f*** up this whole dam school” with a bomb emoji,” police said in Duvall’s citation. Another message indicated the person who made the threats was “ready to die,” court records show.

Students sent LEX 18 additional screenshots of Snapchats, with one saying “White Hall is about to be white ashes along with every *expletive* student in it.”

University of Kentucky students walk in front of White Hall classroom Thursday morning. Bomb threats triggered an increased “safety presence” around the building, but events and classes continued, officials said.

Duvall continued to send police new threats and provided two separate user names from an unknown Snapchat user, her arrest citation states. Police tracked the IP address back to Duvall and she was arrested around 2:45 a.m. Thursday, police said.

After interviewing Duvall, police said she admitted to posting all but one of the Snapchat threats she sent to police.

UK police worked with the FBI to make the arrest, according to a release from the university.

On Wednesday, Duvall was interviewed by the Kentucky Kernel and said she was taking the threats seriously. Its story was published before police determined it was actually Duvall who posted the threats.

“It’s a safe or sorry thing. Would you rather ignore it, and then somebody get hurt?” she told the Kernel. “I definitely take it seriously. I’ve even encouraged fellow students, ‘Hey, if you don’t feel safe, don’t go.”

Police Chief Joe Monroe said Thursday safety officials never believed the threats were credible or substantive.

“The University of Kentucky prides itself on creating a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff and students,” he said. “UK Police will continue to have a viable presence in the main campus area. The University of Kentucky Police Department continues to value our law enforcement partnerships in accomplishing this mission.”

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University of Kentucky Police patrolled White Hall Classroom building Thursday following a social media threat. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

UK will maintain a heightened presence on campus Thursday.

“We are confident there was never any credibility to these threats,” Capilouto said in a release Thursday morning. “But because threats of violence cause anxiety and fear, we will have additional police presence on campus today to ensure everyone can attend classes and do their work with confidence in our safety.”

Excused absences Thursday will be up to the teachers and faculty, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said.

Duvall’s Facebook page indicates she is a certified nursing assistant at UK’s Chandler Hospital and graduated from Barren County High School. Her employment status at UK is under review, according to Blanton.

Duvall has been placed in the Fayette County Detention Center. 

During her arraignment Thursday, the 19-year-old pleaded not guilty to her charges and a judge has ordered her to stay off UK’s campus. According to WKYT, Duvall’s pastor was going to bail her out of jail but said he has a lot of questions and wants to talk to her face to face. 

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