Threats at Knox Central High School lead district to cancel classes

Knox County Public Schools students were sent home early Monday, and classes were canceled Tuesday, because of tensions surrounding the second threat at Knox Central High School in less than a week.

The high school building was evacuated just before noon Monday after students reported a bomb threat, which turned out to be a hoax, to school administrators, according to a news release from the Barbourville Police Department, which investigated the threats with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.

The student who made the threat has been detained and will appear before a judge, according to the release.

Another threat involving the school surfaced Thursday and spawned rumors throughout the community, according to information on the district’s website.

Police said the student involved in Monday’s threat had seen something on social media about Thursday, then reworded the post and texted it to other students, “stating that there was a bomb at Knox Central today.”

“With the level of comfort and the distractions that have already occurred, school leaders feel that it is in the best interest of student learning to cancel classes on Tuesday,” Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles said in a letter posted on the district’s web page. Students won’t be back in school until next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We urge you to talk with your children now and impress upon them the seriousness of threats in today’s society. We will not tolerate threats of any nature, especially when they disrupt the school day and learning.”