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Schools on alert as FBI calls social media threat bogus

Posted at 6:47 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:56:10-04

(LEX 18) — The FBI has deemed a social media threat warning of possible school shootings Wednesday in Kentucky and Thursday in Arkansas as not credible.

Nonetheless, local law enforcement agencies and school district officials in the Bluegrass are on alert.

The threat that was circulating on Facebook and other social media platforms did not name a specific school in Kentucky or Arkansas.

Homeland Security officials said the threat was reported to the FBI in Little Rock, Arkansas, from someone outside of the U.S.

Although the FBI said the threat is not credible, some school districts in Kentucky were taking extra precautions Wednesday.

In Powell County, the Stanton Police Department announced on Facebook it will have an officer at each school on Wednesday. Harrison County also said extra precautions will be in place.

Other districts -- including Fayette and Franklin counties -- informed parents about the FBI investigation.

Sarah Adkins, a parent in Madison County, said she trusts school administrators there.

"If there's any threat in Kentucky schools, they are always abreast on what's going on, up to date," Adkins said. "So they know there's a lot at stake here, a lot of kids, including themselves and their own families. So they've got it under control."

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk released a statement Tuesday reminding families that student safety is the "most important priority" and the the schools' police department is in close contact with FBI and Lexington police.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Fayette County Public Schools released a statement, "Representatives from all FCPS high schools are meeting on this week to discuss ways to enhance safety precautions for school sporting events. Lafayette High School imposed a rule last year requiring minors to be accompanied by an adult, and disallowing backpacks at football games. Independent of the district meeting, Lafayette administrators decided to reinstate their practices from last year. Any districtwide changes will be communicated directly with students and families, and distributed through local media outlets."