Two students arrested following Cynthiana high school threats

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WKYT) - Police in Cynthiana say two separate threats towards a high school and a student caused the school to be on lockdown for a portion of Friday morning.


Police say on Thursday night they received information about a threat towards Harrison County High School. They say they investigated the situation until 1 a.m. Friday morning, when they found the threat to not be legitimate. Police did not release what the student was threatening to do.

Following this threat, an automated message went out on social media and by phone telling the parents about the situation. The school board decided to still have school.

Shortly following the threat, police say they arrested a young man who was a student at the school.

Near 9 a.m. officials say they received a call that a second threat had been made towards a student at the school. The student who was threatened reportedly arrived at the Sherriff's Department to report the threat.

Officials say they began to look for the student who made the threat in the school and determined the student was not in the school. With the student not being in the building, school officials and law enforcement say they decided to place the school on lockdown in case the student arrived.

Police say nearly 30 minutes later they located and arrested the student and removed the lockdown on the school.

School officials say the news from Marshall County earlier this week set the tone for their concerns and heightened security measures.

"Given what's going on this week we were already concerned to start with, so when we receive something that we believe is credible, it just kind of backs it up and we just have to really make sure that we double, double down on our efforts," says Donald Richie with the school board.

School is in session in Harrison County today, and police say there will be extra officers in the school and at the homecoming game on Friday evening.

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