Student charged with Greenup school threats

January 16, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

The Kentucky State Police, Post 14 in Ashland, have arrested a Greenup County juvenile after conducting an investigation into reported threats against the Greenup County High School students, staff and facility.

According to the KSP, they were contacted Monday and advised text messages had been received from an anonymous individual stating a bomb had been placed at the Greenup County High School. Emergency personnel responded and conducted a search of school property. The search did not reveal any explosive devices at that time.

The Kentucky State Police began an investigation into the threats that day.

Then on Tuesday, KSP received an additional call which involved threats being made against students and staff at Greenup County High School. A text coming from the same number as the previous dates bomb threat had been received which threatened killing people at the school. The school was placed on a modified lockdown and a search of the facility was conducted to ensure the safety of each individual on the property.

The Kentucky State Police continued the investigation and with the help of Greenup County Deputy Greg Virgin, was able to develop a suspect in this case. During the course of the investigation it was determined the individual responsible for making the threats had attempted to conceal his identity by using a cell phone application designed to change his cell phone number to send each text.

A 17-year-old Greenup County High School Student has been arrested, lodged in the Boyd County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree terroristic threatening, and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. The student’s identity has not been released because the student is a minor.

“Threats of this nature are extremely serious and will not be tolerated. The Kentucky State Police will act with due diligence in an effort to resolve complaints of this nature. Any individual responsible will be punished to the full extent of the law.” Said Cpt. J. Stephens, Commander Post 14.

The investigation is ongoing by Det. Chris Carter at the Kentucky State Police.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com.