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Bomb threats force cancellations at two Lexington high schools

Emergency crews responded to a bomb threat at Frederick Douglass High School Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency crews responded to a bomb threat at Frederick Douglass High School Wednesday afternoon. Herald-Leader

All afternoon and evening activities Wednesday at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School and Frederick Douglass High School have been canceled after bomb threats at both buildings, Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.

Both schools received phone calls alleging bomb threats just before dismissal time, Deffendall said. Officials dismissed and evacuated both schools.

Tates Creek Middle School, which shares a campus with the high school, was also dismissed early as a precaution.

After school activities were canceled to give fire and police officials more time to check buildings, Deffendall said. As of about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, no signs of an active threat had been found at either campus.

“We are actively investigating the situation and will take serious action against those who made the threat,” Deffendall said. “According to state law, making a bomb threat against a school is a felony.”

Deffendall said activities have been canceled “out of an abundance of caution.”

Fayette County Public Schools law enforcement officials are investigating and Lexington police are assisting.

The threats come one day after the shooting that killed two students at Marshall County High School.

“Unfortunately, after a tragedy like what happened at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky, there is often an increase in pranks and false rumors,” Deffendall said. “We carefully investigate any possible threat to ensure the safety of our students, staff and families.”

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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