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Feb 26, 2013 2:44 PM

Officials Investigate Bomb Threats At Whitley County High School; No Bombs Found

The Whitley County Sheriff's Department received a complaint of a bomb threat at the Whitley County High School on Monday. The threat was written on a bathroom wall and stated, "I will blow up the school and kill everyone in it."

Sheriff Colan Harrell and Superintendent Scott Paul made the decision to have a bomb sniffing dog clear the school Monday night and no threat was found. The Sheriff was assisted at the scene by Williamsburg Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Constable Lonnie Foley.

Sgt. Dave Lennon continued the investigation Tuesday morning and charged a 16-year-old male juvenile with first-degree terroristic threatening. The juvenile admitted to writing the threat on the wall in an attempt to get out of school.

During the investigation, the Whitley County Middle School contacted Sgt. Lennon to inform him of another possible situation that students had reported. A 14-year-old female juvenile had told other students that she helped make the bomb, which was going to blow up the high school. After speaking with the juvenile and investigating the situation, it was determined that the female juvenile and the male juvenile did not have any connection to each other. The female juvenile was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

The investigation continued and another 14-year-old male juvenile had made the same comments to other students that he had helped make the bomb also. The second male juvenile was also charged with Disorderly Conduct by School Resource Deputy Brian Lawson.

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