Man admits he threatened a Knox County school

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

A man accused of threatening a Knox County elementary school Wednesday said he let his frustration get the best of him. Now he's facing felony charges.

Scott Bingham talked to us Thursday morning from jail. He tells us he called the school because he was angry about a situation regarding his ten year old daughter.

"All it says is that it shows my number on the caller ID right here on this warrant paper," said Bingham.

The 51-year old admits that he called Flat Lick Elementary School on Wednesday morning.

"It wasn't really a threat. It was like, you wouldn't want me to come down there," said Bingham.

"He had called the school and told them he was going to come up there and drive his truck into the building," said John Pickard, Knox County Sheriff.

Pickard said Bingham used the F-word multiple times, which scared school officials.

"That's what they said," said Bingham.

Bingham at first said he did not curse but later admitted he did.

We're told the school was never officially on lockdown, but administrators and deputies walked around the outside of the building to make sure Bingham did not show up in his truck.

Bingham said his frustrations stem from issues with the child's mother.

He believes the school is contacting her instead of contacting him.

"I'm not being notified like a parent should be notified," said Bingham.

Bingham never showed up at the school, but deputies did not take any chances.

"We never know when somebody might do something," said Pickard.

They promptly arrested him at his Barbourville home.

"They asked me, did I call the school, and I said yeah, I did call the school," said Bingham.

Terroristic threatening against a school is a felony in Kentucky.

Bingham was released from jail Thursday afternoon on bond.


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