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Police: Friday Threat At Henry Clay High Not Credible

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- For the second day in a row police are investigating rumors of gun violence at Henry Clay High School.

Parents and students remain on edge after one student was found with a loaded gun on campus Thursday and rumors of another incident Friday have spread across social media.

Concerned parents and viewers have continued to reach out to LEX18 overnight, worried about sending their kids to school as rumors continue to swirl about a possible school shooting.

Police took to Facebook saying they are working closely with school administrators and they do not* believe information being spread concerning possible violence is credible.

All of this after a very eventful day Thursday when a student was found with a loaded gun on campus.

However, the principal says he told officers he was carrying the gun for protection with no intention of hurting anyone. 

Regardless, the student was arrested, as guns are never tolerated in school -- no matter the reason.

"There's some stuff going on in his community, his neighborhood that he felt threatened and he's been carrying the gun," said Principal Paul Little. "We love our students and we love our parents and we want them to feel safe."

Police encourage anyone to report potential dangerous situations to either the school safety tipline or to bluegrass crimestoppers at 859-253-2020. you can also text your tip to "crimes" just include lex p-d in the message along with your tip.

Here is the letter sent home to families: 

Dear Henry Clay High School Families:

All is well here at Henry Clay and I just wanted to reach out and thank those of you who have called and emailed with kind words of support. We have a wonderful school with excellent students and great family and community engagement. As your principal, I am determined to using the events of yesterday to make our school even stronger.

One of my commitments to you is to work on better avenues of communication with students, staff and families. While we worked yesterday to ensure that families were given accurate information about yesterday’s incident, I understand that some of you did not receive our messages. Although it is unlikely will ever be faster than a student’s text message or Snapchat, we do want to get information to you more quickly.

As Superintendent Manny Caulk shared in his press conference last week, the district will soon be releasing an enhanced emergency notification system for families, staff and students. We are working with them to enhance our existing strategies and establish protocols so we are better able to communicate in real time.

Another change that Superintendent Caulk announced last week was the addition of monitors in schools like ours where the front door does not lead to a secure vestibule. I’m pleased to tell you that it just so happens our new staff member was scheduled to start today. Please help me welcome Mr. Charles McDavid to the Blue Devils family and do not be offended when you are asked for identification and purpose for visiting when you enter the building.

You may also have ideas and suggestions about how we can improve our safety procedures here at Henry Clay, or you may still have questions about what happened. To provide an open forum for those conversations, I will be holding a public meeting to discuss safety next week Wednesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria here at school.

Our entire team here at Henry Clay High School is committed to taking every precaution to keep our campus a safe place to learn and work. Thank you for your continued support and as always, please do not hesitate to call me with questions or concerns at 859-381-3423.

Sincerely

Paul Little, principal

Here is a letter from Winburn Middle School about a "social media prank alleging possible violence".

Dear Winburn Middle School Families:

Thank you for your support this week as we have continued our investigation of the social media prank alleging possible violence at our school. Working with our Fayette County Department of Law Enforcement and Lexington Police Department, we believe we have identified the source of the social media messages and are close to charging those responsible.

I am confident that our students are safe here at Winburn. While I understand that recent events have raised anxiety and concerns across our nation and here in Kentucky, please help us reassure them and remind them that they are surrounded by caring adults who are here for them.

Student safety is our number one priority and we take any and all reports of possible threats seriously. According to state law, making a threat – even a false one – against a school is a felony and we will prosecute those responsible for this incident to the fullest extent of the law.

It is critical that everyone in our school community understand that there is no room for leniency in this area. We will not allow disruption of our learning environment to keep our students from achieving at high levels.

We will continue to keep the lines of communication open as information is available. As always, please do not hesitate to call me with questions or concerns at 859-381-3967.

Sincerely,

Whitney Allison, principal

This letter was to families at the Lexington Traditional Magnet School:

Dear Lexington Traditional Magnet School Families:

As you may be aware, since the tragic violence in schools in Florida and Benton Kentucky, schools across the state and nation have been experiencing a rash of copy-cat threats.

I am writing to let you know that we are aware of the text messages and social media posts being shared by students alleging that there will be violence at school on Monday. We are actively investigating these reports with assistance from our Fayette County Public Schools Department of Law Enforcement and the Lexington Police Department, but have no reason to believe they are credible at this time.

We are investigating the source of the misinformation and will take appropriate disciplinary action. According to state law, making a threat – even a false one -- against a school is a felony and we will prosecute those responsible for this incident to the fullest extent of the law.

I want to assure you that we take any reports of possible threats seriously and work with law enforcement officials to fully investigate. We will take all steps necessary to keep LTMS a safe place to learn and work.

To reassure everyone we will have an increased law enforcement presence at school on Monday morning. This is just to help everyone feel better, not because there is a concern.

We are grateful to the students who responded appropriately by sharing the messages they received with adults. That is the correct response and helps underscore the importance of reporting any safety concern they have to an adult immediately.

However, it is also critical for our students to understand that sharing unfounded rumors and false information causes heightened anxiety unnecessarily. We will continue to be vigilant and proactive to ensure that our students are safe at school. We will also continue to make you aware of any issues that arise.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and sensitivity to this situation. I felt it was important for me to communicate directly with our families about this matter. As always, please don’t hesitate to call me at 381-3192 if you have any concerns.

Sincerely,

Larry Caudill, Principal

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