Threat investigated at Lewis County High School

March 1, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

LEWIS COUNTY, Ky. — A Lewis County High School student has been charged with terroristic threatening.

According to the Lewis County Sheriff Department, they are investigating the report of a threat which occurred early Thursday morning at Lewis County High School. The Lewis County Sheriff Department received information that students were reporting that a male juvenile was reportedly going to bring a firearm to school.

After a formal investigation, it was determined that the initial report was inaccurate. An interview with the alleged juvenile revealed that the subject was going to bring an M-80 firecracker to school and detonate it as a prank. Students that overheard the juvenile believed that an M-80 was a firearm. M-80’s are a class of large firecrackers, which are illegal to possess.

The student was charged with terroristic threatening in the second degree. A person is guilty of terroristic threatening in the second degree when he or she, with respect to a school function, threatens to commit any act that could result in the death or serious physical injury to any student group. Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens said it is believed that had the juvenile’s plan occurred, that mass panic would have occurred and injuries resulted. The juvenile was taken into custody and lodged in the Boyd County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.