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Handgun brought to Bryan Station; bomb threats made to 2 schools

Two unrelated incidents — a student bringing a handgun to Bryan Station High School and a Tates Creek Middle School student making bomb threats — kept Fayette County public school officials busy Tuesday.

In the first case, a Bryan Station student was found to have a loaded handgun in his possession just before classes started Tuesday morning. The student was taken into custody and charged with possessing a gun on school property, Fayette County Public Schools said.

Bryan Station Principal Gladys Peoples said she stopped two students who were taking a shortcut through the school office Tuesday morning and decided to conduct an administrative search based on their behavior. One student was found to have a gun, she said.

"We asked him why he had the handgun, and he said there was an issue in his neighborhood with some adults," Peeples said. "He has not had any difficulty with anyone here at school."

The other student was not involved with the carrying of the handgun, she said.

It was the second such incident at Bryan Station this school year. A senior was arrested Nov. 16 for having a gun at the school. The student in that incident also stated he had the gun because of a security concern with an adult off-campus.

Peeples said she will consult with officials and advisers at Bryan Station to determine what steps could to be taken to help prevent any future incidents.

Meanwhile, district officials also said Tuesday a female student at Tates Creek Middle School confessed to calling in several bomb threats to the school since last week. The girl acted with the help of a relative in another state, officials said.

According to the school district, the threats began a week ago, when someone left an after-hours bomb-threat message on the school voicemail system. More threatening voicemail messages were left at Tates Creek Middle and Tates Creek Elementary School on Friday, and on Sunday and Monday, when no students were on campus, the school district said. Security checks turned up nothing.

According to Fayette Public Schools, the student involved could face both disciplinary action through the school system and possible legal consequences through the juvenile justice system. Making a bomb threat against a school is a felony under Kentucky law.

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