Students, staff searched after threat at middle school in Mercer County

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MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - On Thursday morning extra security measures were taken at King Middle School in Harrodsburg following a threat.

The school was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon, after school officials say two students were threatened on Instagram during school hours. Officers with the Harrodsburg Police Department were called to the school to investigate.

Officers searched staff, students, and their belongings while entering the building on Thursday.

"It's pretty bad we have to go through that but if that's what they have to do, then that's what they have to do to make our children safe," said Crystal Woods who has a son attending the middle school.

School officials are still not saying whether or not the student or students behind the threats have been identified. Details of the threats have not been released at this time.

In a message to parents on Wednesday, the school says students who send threatening messages that disrupt the school day and scare students will not be tolerated. The message from the school also stated that whoever is responsible for these threats will be charged with terroristic threatening.

"I think it's necessary just because if every threat is treated serious, maybe it will get the kids and other peoples attention to be more aware of what they say and what they do," said parent Megan Hanson.

School officials say these extra safety precautions will be in effect until the school no longer feels they are no longer necessary.

WKYT reached out to both Harrodsburg Police and King Middle School for an update on the situation, but so far we have not heard back from anyone.

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