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Second teen arrested for making threats

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

UPDATED:

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Police now tell us two teens have been arrested in connection with threats at Prestonsburg High School.

The second arrest deals with threats about specific people.

Police say the first student arrested made threats before the Connecticut shooting.

They interviewed that teen and other students this weekend and say they do believe he intended to go through with the plans.

The first student arrested was charged with 2nd Degree Terroristic Threatening, which is a Class D Felony.

The second student arrested is charged with 3rd Degree Terroristic Threatening.

Police say the two cases are not directly related.

Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Just days after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a Floyd County teenager is behind bars for threatening a similar act.

Flags in front of Prestonsburg High School fly at half staff in honor of the young lives lost in Connecticut last Friday, but police say they think it could have been a similar scene locally.

"We learned of a possible threat of violence towards Prestonsburg High School," said Prestonsburg Police Chief Mike Ormerod.

That threat of violence, they say, was a threat to shoot students and teachers. Officials say the threats were made by a high school student, and Sunday night that teenager was arrested.

"The investigation is continuing to determine if the student intended to carry out the threat," said Ormerod.

They say so far they have reason to believe he did intend to follow through.

"After the students that we interviewed and the scare you could see in them, yes, very serious," said Mayor Jerry Fannin.

Officials do not believe these threats came as a direct result of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, but they say they do believe that school shooting may have provoked this student to actually act. They believe he was going to carry out his plans this week.

"It's hard to determine what's in someone's mind, but rather than take a chance on it we would rather investigate it as fully as possible," said Ormerod.

School officials say all threats will be taken seriously.

"We take all of them very serious. We really believe our schools are safe. We do have procedures in place to ensure our kids are safe," said Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb.

They hope to keep them safe so another place of learning does not turn into a place of mourning.

Because that student is a juvenile, his name is not being released. He is charged with second degree terroristic threatening which is a class D felony.


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