Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson and Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson have addressed the incident that took place at Grayson County High School on Friday, Dec. 18.
In a statement issued by Robinson on Friday afternoon, he said the following in regards to “unsubstantiated” rumors of a possible threat to the safety of Grayson County High School students earlier that day:
In follow up to the alleged rumor at the Grayson County High School today that there was a possibility of a threat to student safety, the school administration in conjunction with local law enforcement conducted a thorough investigation. The rumor tracked back to a situation that had no validity. At no time was the school on lock down, nor were students ever in any danger. All safety concerns are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. The safety of our students and faculty is always our top priority.
We will continue to communicate with parents, faculty, and community if any further situations arise.
Have a safe and joyous holiday season.
Then, during the Monday night, Dec. 21 Leitchfield City Council meeting, Henderson provided the findings of his department’s investigation into the incident.
“At no time was there any kind of threat to any of the children in the school,” Henderson said. “This was simply a rumor that got started as a result of a book read in [a] class.”
Nevertheless, Henderson said, the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) must investigate such concerns “to the fullest,” and after searching the school, officers found no weapons and that no threats had been made.
As rumors spread of what might have been taking place at GCHS, numerous parents withdrew their children from school on Friday.
The LPD attributes the widespread rumors regarding the incident to the prevalence of social media.
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