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Suspicious Visitor Leads To School Lockdown


Death threats and a suspicious visitor put Leslie County High School under a lockdown Thursday afternoon.

The principal of Leslie County High School only had two minutes to make a decision. That's when she says someone spotted a suspicious person in the student parking lot just before school let out.

School buses were ready to load up when Leslie County High and Middle Schools were immediately locked down Thursday.

"I had a report from parents that an unidentified person dressed in a trench coat and mask was located in my student parking lot," Principal Patricia Childers said.

Police identified that person as 23 year old Ryan Fee, who was later arrested. Police are still questioning why Fee was there.

Principal Childers says that's exactly how an alleged shooter was described in a death threat sent to two students by internet instant messages and he showed up at the same time.

"We're getting conflicting stores. We have no idea if he's connected with these threats or not," said Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police.

School officials then contacted Microsoft to track the threatening messages. Just because you delete things from your computer, it remains in that hard drive forever and it can be recovered.

Students and faculty were locked in their classrooms, shades pulled and moved out of sight for 15 minutes until police secured the area.

Principal Childers says the most important thing that happened Thursday is that the students told her they were threatened and parents told her about the suspicious person, giving her a chance to react.

The juvenile's name will not be released, but police say it was a student at Leslie County High School. Police say no weapons were found on the property.


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