Bell County Sheriff addresses school threats

Published 3:01 pm Saturday, August 31, 2019

Sheriff Mitch Williams recently addressed a school threat incident that occurred on Friday at Page School Center.

“There is a no-tolerance policy for communicating threats toward a school system,” Williams said.

On Friday at approximately 12:30 p.m., Bell County Dispatch received a call of a possible threat against Page School Center. Williams, Chief Deputy Doug Jordan, and Deputy Max Graves, along with the Kentucky State Trooper Keith Baker responded to the scene and began a sweep of the facility after the school system placed the building on lockdown.

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At approximately 1:30 p.m. the school was cleared for any threats and then placed into soft-lockdown status as a continued precaution.

During the investigation, Graves was contacted by Bell County High School truancy officer Chris Warren who reported an unrelated threat against the high school. The school was then placed into temporary lockdown status.

A male juvenile was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threatening for making the threat toward the school and other individuals. Also assisting on scene was SRO Wade Barnett.

The sheriff’s office works in tandem with the court system to fully prosecute anyone threatening the safety of students, teachers or staff.

The juvenile was transported to Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Facility.