• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Student accused of threat against middle school


A Woodford County Middle School student, who allegedly made a threatening statement on the second day of school about a pep rally the following Monday afternoon, was in the office when that event took place, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said.

“At that point,” Hawkins said, “the event in which the student referenced (in his threat) was over. So we made the determination that we wouldn’t do a One-Call (alerting parents) about the situation because the event was already past.” In retrospect, he said a One-Call would have been appropriate.

“We weren’t trying to alarm anybody. We weren’t trying to hide anything from anybody, but we had dealt with the situation and there was never any potential danger for any student,” said Hawkins.

The student’s threatening statement: “I’m going to shoot up the school during the assembly” was made Friday, Aug. 10, and school administrators were notified about the threat on Monday afternoon, Aug. 13, according to Hawkins.

“When we were made aware of it,” Hawkins said, “the student did not have anything on him at school. He was removed from the situation, was never a part of the assembly.”

Versailles Police’s school resource officer (SRO) at WCMS began an investigation into the possible threat Aug. 13, according to Lt. Michael Fortney. He said the SRO interviewed all the kids and others involved and a report on the incident was given to the court designated worker who will determine if any criminal charges are filed against the juvenile.

Fortney confirmed that the threat was directed toward the school, not a student.

“We will always treat student safety as our top priority,” said Hawkins. “We have, and we will continue to do so. Again, I fully understand and appreciate parents wishing that we had done the notification, and I understand that. And as we look back, that certainly would have been an appropriate action to take.”

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