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POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Parents of children in Powell County's Stanton Elementary School say they fear for their kids' safety due to several threats on social media after one child claimed he's being bullied for not being a Christian. 

Six days ago, Powell County mother, Heather Estes, went on camera and said her two children were being bullied at Stanton Elementary for not being Christian. 

Once the story aired, other news outlets quickly shared it, sending the story all over the country. Back in Powell County, two parents who wished to stay anonymous say the threats have caused a great deal of fear and tension in the classrooms. 

"After the story from this mother was posted, we started seeing hateful comments on the thread regarding our children. Several of them threatening," one Powell County mother told LEX 18. "There's a comment that said to shoot them all. I can't read exactly what it said because of the foul language, and another comment saying 'So, are we seeing the sight of the next school massacre?' That scares the crap out of me."

Because of the number of threats received within the week, police have increased their presence on the school property. 

Stanton Elementary's Christian organization, called "Upper Room", has been suspended as well. 

One anonymous mother said she and her husband are considering pulling her child out of school until the situation is resolved.  

"My daughter is missing very valuable instruction time because of this issue. Because I don't feel safe having her in school," she stated. 

Although the two moms say the community is divided, they say they hope one thing happens quickly. 

"Resolution. Some sort of agreement to where everyone can be happy and be peaceful."

LEX 18 reached out to the Powell County superintendent for comment, but he declined to do an interview. 

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