PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A tense day at a Southern Kentucky high school after police say someone sent threatening text messages to some students.
School leaders at Pulaski Southwestern High School took some extra security measures today as a precaution.
Now, sheriff's deputies say a student has confessed to sending the messages.
Friday morning three students at Southwestern High School each received a text message threatening them that they would be shot. School leaders called police.
School leaders say the messages were sent through an app and not necessarily an actual phone.
This made the texts much harder to trace.
Police began questioning students and they say that questioning led them to a 15-year-old girl who knew all three of the students.
The student eventually confessed to police that they had sent the texts as a joke and didn't mean anything by them.
But police say joke or not, this teenager could be facing felony charges. Because of the texts students were kept in their classrooms under supervision while the investigation continued.
Throughout the day parents came to get their kids out of school. Detective Bobby Jones of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says the teen could have limited confusion by speaking up earlier.
"Had she come forward when she first found out it had been reported to the principal it would have kept the whole school from being on lockdown, it caused a lot more terror, which is part of the problem with what she done."
The Pulaski County Sheriff's office says the student has been charged with terroristic threatening. Jones says he hopes other students see just how far this prank went.
"You can not threaten to bring a gun to school and shoot someone. It's not a prank anyone, you just can't do that today."
Police say they were prepared to confiscate the phones of multiple students to send to the FBI, if they hadn't found the person responsible.