OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Students at three high schools in the three states are returning home a day after online threats heightened school security.
It happened after an Arizona miner was charged with allegedly threatening Mount Vernon High School. Authorities say two other schools in western Kentucky were also on high alert.
inside and outside of Apollo High School, there was extra security here all day. Daviess County was one of many school districts across the three states that added additional security in response to online threats.
Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies, Kentucky State Police and others ensured the students arrived and left Apollo High safely.
“A big part of it is adding a layer of protection that makes others feel comfortable,” said Supt. DCPS’ Matt Robbins.
“Like me, I know a lot of mothers today, they’re pacing, they’re twiddling their fingers because they’re waiting for their babies to come home,” added Bobbi Evans, whose child attends Apollo HS .
Supt. Robbins says no major incidents were reported today. School officials became aware of the threat late yesterday afternoon. Federal agencies helped local law enforcement investigate the origin of the threat.
“There are things they can find, especially across state lines, that we don’t have the ability or the authority to work on,” he said.
Mount Vernon school officials said they continued classes and tightened security at the high school after learning that the minor accused of making the online threat against the Posey County school was out of school. the state. More law enforcement officers were also at Muhlenberg County High School, where educators say students alerted teachers to the online threat.
“We are very happy that our students did what they were told to do, and what they understand now is that they take any form of threat seriously. They did the right thing, they reported it, and our teachers and administrators did what they were supposed to do,” said Matt Perkins, Asst. Superintendent of Public Schools of Muhlenberg Co.
Robbins says additional security will be in place at Apollo for as long as needed.
(This story was originally published on September 8, 2022)
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