Three arrested following social media threat to Knox County Public Schools

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Knox County Sheriff's Department, along with Kentucky State Police and the Barbourville Police Department, is investigating threats against the county school system on social media.

Two teen girls and one adult have been arrested. A 13-year-old student at Knox County Middle School and a 16-year-old student at Knox County Learning Academy were charged with 2nd degree terroristic threatening after police say they conspired to threaten Knox County Public Schools in hopes school would be cancelled. 19-year-old Megan Scott, a student at Knox Central High School, has also been arrested; She's in the Knox County Detention Center charged with complicity to terroristic threatening.

"It was a threat to kill; That was the ultimate message they had," Frank Shelton, PIO for Knox County Public Schools, said. "Around two o'clock this afternoon the Snapchat original image was posted to Facebook and it quickly spread."

The threats come after officials in several Kentucky counties have investigated similar threats against school systems following the deadly shootings in Florida.

"We know that after any big incident there will be repeat threats made, just because," Shelton said. "Coming off of the Florida and Marshall County, even before that, school safety is important. We can't have teaching and learning without a safe classroom."

Knox County Public Schools have a NTI day Monday because of high water. School will resume as normal Tuesday.

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