5 students charged with threatening Boone County schools

5 students have been charged in 4 days
Posted at 10:44 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 10:44:02-05

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18/WLWT) — Five students in Boone County have been arrested after allegedly making threats to various schools.

On Thursday, a 15-year-old student from Cooper High School was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot up a school bus.

According to police, the student became upset after an incident on the bus and allegedly told another student that he would "shoot up the back of the bus."

WLWT reported that police said the student had access to three weapons and he has been charged with making terroristic threats.

An Ockerman Middle School student was arrested after police said he bragged about having a hit list. He also allegedly made gestures as if we were shooting kids in the hallway.

Tom Scheben, Boone County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, said that the 13-year-old pointed his finger at a classmate and acted like it was a gun. Scheben also said that the student made statements like the following:

"You're dead."

"I'm coming for you."

According to investigators, the student admitted to searching the internet for a submachine gun while he was in school. But, investigators said that they did not think he had access to any weapons.

Kathy Reutman, a Boone County Schools official, said that this is not the first time that the district has had to deal with threats like this. According to WLWT, Reutman said that the district has developed a layered system to help with these problems.

"We are extremely serious about keeping our students safe," said Reutman.

On Monday, a student from R.A. Jones Middle School was also arrested. According to deputies, he threatened to target teachers and "popular kids."

On Tuesday, two more students were arrested after they made threats against the Ignite Institute.

WLWT reported that investigators do not think that these five cases are connected.

All of the students have been charged with terroristic threatening, which is a Class-D felony, according to WLWT.