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Social Media Threat Leads To Lower School Attendance In Georgetown

Posted at 6:05 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 18:05:18-05

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Tuesday morning at Georgetown Middle, attendance was lower following a threat on social media over the weekend.

The social media threat circled the internet Sunday telling GMS students not to go to school Tuesday.

Despite an increased police and sheriff’s presence — which was communicated to parents around 2 p.m. Monday via text and email, as well as social media posts and website updates — the fear was clear this morning.

Only about 42 percent of students went to Georgetown Middle Tuesday, while on the same day one year ago, almost 91 percent of students were at school.

Renee Holmes, community education director with Scott County Schools, said even though the post didn’t name Georgetown Middle School outright, she hopes the community knows they “treat all threats as the truth until they can discredit it otherwise.”