Boone County Schools calls shooting threat, arrests ‘mental health issues’

Boone County Schools calls shooting threat, arrests ‘mental health issues’
Two Boone County students are facing charges for threatening to ‘shoot up’ their school, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office says. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

ERLANGER, Ky. (FOX19) - Two Boone County Schools students are facing charges for threatening to ‘shoot up’ their school, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office says.

Sheriff Michael Helmig says the students, both 14-year-old freshmen, are charged with second degree terroristic threatening.

The threat happened Monday and was made against Ignite Academy on Atlantic Avenue in Erlanger.

Officials say school staff notified their school resource officer Deputy Don Taylor of the threat at 3:30 p.m.

Deputy Taylor interviewed one of the students and his parents at his home in Taylor Mill where the student admitted to making the threats, but says he was joking.

The sheriff’s department says two patrol deputies interviewed the other student and his parents at their Hebron home where the student showed the investigators a Snapchat post he sent to other students saying, “don’t come to school tomorrow,” accompanied by a green gun emoji and a dynamite emoji.

Deputies took both teens into custody and held them at the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Both teens are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

Boone County Schools Community Relations Coordinator Barbara Brady released a statement about the threats Tuesday morning:

"Two IGNITE Institute students are in the custody of the Boone County Sheriff’s department after alleged threats against the school were reported. The students were arrested yesterday. One is from Boone County, the other is from Kenton County. The IGNITE administrative team is cooperating with investigators. We take these threats seriously. We have a no tolerance policy for this kind of behavior. The safety of our students and staff is our priority. School did resume today on the normal schedule.

No further information about this will be coming from school officials because the case is now in the hands of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Mental health is a very important part of the learning and maturing process and an important part of the education curriculum. Mental health issues are at the very root of these behaviors. All of our schools participate in SEL (Social Emotional Learning) classes for all students. Meaning all students participate unless the parents/guardians object. We all also participate in PBIS Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. And we provide mental health therapists at our schools. When the issues get this bad our therapists ask that they be seen at an advanced level outside our schools."

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