BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The Boone County sheriff has charged six students with terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct between Feb. 12 and Feb. 19.
In a news release on Tuesday, Sheriff Michael Helmig said he wants every parent to know he scrutinizes each and every incident involving threats and unlawful behavior in schools.
"In light of the most recent school shooting and the plethora of local social media posts concerning some factual incidents and many rumored and exaggerated renditions we, in an attempt to ease some parents' minds, are setting the record straight by releasing what incidents we've investigated in our Boone County Schools lately," the release reads.
All six students were involved in direct threats and creating alarm in area schools, Helmig said. One of the students who is charged wasn't announced until Wednesday because the case was still under investigation.
The schools involved were Cooper High, Boone County High, Conner High, Ockerman Middle, R.A. Jones Middle, and Gray Middle.
Examples of the threats are as follows:
- Threats written in the bathroom
- Telling other students about plans to become the next school shooter
- Falsely yelling there was a shooter in a cafeteria
- Sending social media pictures with guns and messages urging kids not to go to school
He says he has a zero tolerance and has instructed his deputies and school resource officers alike to charge anyone found to have violated the law when it comes to school conduct.
"Parents of Boone County School children can rest assured all incidents and allegations are investigated," the release continued. "The students need to know their actions carry consequences. If what they do is a violation of a criminal law they will be charged in addition to what penalties the school board levies."
Charges in a criminal complaint are accusations only. It is the government's burden to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
Boone County Schools released this statement Tuesday: