A Hopkinsville Middle School student has been arrested for an alleged threat made against the school.
Hopkinsville Police Sgt. Tony Sierra said the juvenile made threatening statements on social media Tuesday night following the arrest of his mother from an unrelated incident. The juvenile is in custody and is charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and retaliating against a participant in a legal process.
He will be transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in McCracken County, according to police.
Christian County Public School System Spokesperson Heather Lancaster says the district is working with police and Hopkinsville Middle School is safe for parents to send their children to on Wednesday.
Principal Wendy Duvall said in a statement: “Late last night a threat to the school was made by the use of social media. The threat was immediately acted upon and through partnership with our law enforcement, the situation was handled. Due to confidentiality purposes, details about the threat or discipline cannot be shared. However, we want you to know that HMS is safe and we look forward to seeing your student this morning.”
She continued, “As a safety precaution the school and local police officials will provide extra security at the school today to help ensure students feel safe and comfortable at school. I commend the communication between the school, community and Hopkinsville Police Department for working to resolve the situation.”
Elsewhere, two Hopkins County juveniles have been arrested for alleged threats made to high schools there. Madisonville Police say investigation determined the threats there were a hoax in attempt to close or disrupt school, but all threats against schools are taken seriously.