One high-schooler was arrested Sunday and another Kentucky school was placed on lockdown Monday following separate threats.
A 16-year-old junior at Walton Verona High School in Boone County was arrested Sunday after he made statements Friday that led other students to fear for their safety, according to a release from the county’s sheriff’s office.
The teen was reportedly upset after a teacher took his cellphone after he told another student he felt like he needed to kill someone, the sheriff’s office said. During the same conversation, when asked about the law enforcement response to a school shooting, the accused boy looked at his watch and made suspicious gestures about how much time it would time for police to arrive in the event, according to the sheriff.
The boy was charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and was placed in the Campbell County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
Rowan County Schools were placed on lockdown for 15 minutes Monday morning after receiving a threat, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said. The person making the threat was located, identified and removed from the school in that 15-minute period.
Classes resumed as normal following the brief lockdown.
There was also a lockdown at Green County High School Monday morning while a threatening note was investigated, administrative staff said.
Wayne County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday as school leaders have scheduled a two-day security exercise, according to WYMT. Kentucky State Police will be in the district instructing teachers and staff on active shooters.