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Police: Two charged in connection to rumors at Tates Creek High School

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Police announced late Monday night that two people have been charged in connection to rumors investigators say got out of control at Tates Creek High School.

Lexington Police say 18-year-old Bethany Dowell and an juvenile, whose name has not been released, have both been charged with terroristic threatening.

Police say the juvenile set up a fake social media account to cause panic and fear of school violence, following the original rumors. Dowell was charged for comments investigators found on her social networking account.

On Friday, Fayette County school officials say someone reported that a Tates Creek High School student made a threat involving violence at the school. The student and his parents were questioned, but officials say they found no evidence of any legitimate threat.

Over the weekend, officials say rumors about the threat spread around social media. On Sunday, Tates Creek High School officials sent an email to parents, telling them the rumors were not true.

As a precaution, extra security was on hand at Tates Creek High School on Monday.

“We feel there were no real credible threats to the children. But I think that this is a learning lesson for parents and kids, because this child and young person thought it was a good idea to take this opportunity to be a jokester, or to be a prankster, and now they're charged with felonies," said Sherelle Roberts, Public Information Officer for the Lexington Division of Police.

Lexington Police said Monday night that they continue to believe the initial claims of violence were just rumors, which were unsubstantiated.


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