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Dec 18, 2012 12:17 PM

Letter Sent To Henry Clay High Parents Concerning Violence Rumor

A letter concerning rumors of violence at Henry Clay High School Monday that caused scores of parents to pull their children out of school was sent home to parents Tuesday morning.

A student was arrested after he allegedly phoned a threat to another student away from school grounds. As a result of rumors that spread around the school, 850 of the school's almost 3,000 students either did not show up or were taken from school by their parents.

Here is the text of the letter sent to parents:

Dear Henry Clay High School Families:

Yesterday morning the Lexington Division of Police began investigating rumors of possible violence involving students at Henry Clay High School. We were not aware of any specific threat, detailed information, or suggestion that our students or staff were in any danger. We took additional safety precautions in the meantime, and as information was verified, we communicated the facts we had with students, staff and families. Law enforcement officials assured us that our students were safe.

Police worked in conjunction with Fayette County Public Schools Law Enforcement officers throughout the day and traced the source of the rumor back to a single student. They took him into custody for questioning at 2:30 p.m. while the investigation continued. We were made aware late last night that he had been charged with terroristic threatening. According to police, the student made a statement that was threatening, but there was no imminent danger or specific threat. By the time we were able to clarify all the information we had, it was after midnight.

In addition to the potential consequences the student will face through the court system, he will also face serious and appropriate administrative consequences through the school district.

We want to be fully honest and transparent with our families, students, staff and school community, and we want you to know that you will receive important and factual information from us directly. Please know that our goal is to get you the most accurate verified information as quickly as we can, but sometimes rumors outpace the facts. We take any and all rumors seriously and we want to encourage students and families to let us know about any concerns they hear.

Your child's safety is our top priority and we will always err on the side of caution. As we move forward from this incident, we will be working with Lexington Police officials to ensure that our families are made aware of safety issues in a timely manner. Thank you for the privilege of serving your family.

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