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Lexington Traditional Magnet School officials investigating report of student with weapon on campus

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Posted at 2:58 PM, May 06, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials were at Lexington Magnet School's campus today due to a potential weapon on campus.

No weapon was found.

Dear LTMS Families,

As you are aware, our learning was disrupted today after an anonymous report alleged that an LTMS student brought a weapon to school. Our school leaders, working alongside the Fayette County Public Schools Police Department, responded quickly, and launched an investigation. I am following up with you today to report that the threat was unfounded and no weapon was discovered on the LTMS campus.

It is easy for unfounded rumors to spring up and quickly spin out of control. I want to assure you that we take any and all reports of potential threats against our students, staff and campus seriously and will take all steps necessary to keep LTMS a safe place to learn and work.

We ask you to take this opportunity to remind our students that situations like this are extremely serious. It is important that our students understand that making threats against a school, or bringing a weapon onto school property is a felony under state law. As always, students who are aware of a real threat to safety should be encouraged to share what they have heard or seen.

I can’t say enough about how well our students and staff responded during the incident. Thank you for the privilege of working with your children and for your understanding as we work diligently to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment on campus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Larry Caudill

Principal, Lexington Traditional Magnet School

Sincerely,

Lisa Deffendall

*ORIGINAL STORY*

In a message to families, Principal Larry Caudill says they received the report on Friday afternoon.

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"As part of our normal protocol, Fayette County Public Schools Police Officers and administrative team are conducting an ongoing investigation, though a weapon has not been detected," Caudill says in the message.

Students are currently being held in their classrooms out of an abundance of caution. The school says all students at LTMS are safe and follow-up communication will be sent to families at the conclusion of their investigation.