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Lawrence County High School Shooting Threat Investigation Determined to be an Unfounded Rumor

Date of News Release: 2/21/2018

Ashland, KY(February 21, 2018) – On Tuesday, February 20, 2017 the Kentucky State Police Post 14 in Ashland was contacted by the Lawrence County School system and requested to conduct an investigation into a report of threats being made by a male juvenile at the school.

Information had been received from students claiming a male at the school had made both verbal threats and social media posts claiming he was going to carry out acts of violence at the school. A joint investigation between school administrators and Troopers determined the allegations were untrue and had been fabricated by another student at the school. The allegation of social media postings were also false and part of the rumor started by the female student.

The student responsible for spreading the rumor has been disciplined by the school system for the role they playing in the incident.

The Kentucky State Police in Ashland requests any threats of violence received be reported to the appropriate authorities, but urge all individuals to refrain from spreading any information that is not factual.

Parents are asked to discuss the seriousness of these complaints with their children. All complaints should be reported, but children need to understand the damage that can be caused by spreading false rumors of this nature.