Local school scare follow-ups

The Virginia Tech shootings have schools across the country on edge. Violent threats involving weapons at school have been reported in many small towns since the deadly shootings. WBKO has been following what area schools are doing to combat this problem.

Clinton County High School investigated a threat on April 19, 2007, and no evidence was found showing any of the students were ever in danger.

Earlier this week Edmonson County High School and Middle School were on lockdown because of threatening comments made by a student. We spoke with several parents who were upset over how the school handled the situation. Parents said the school should have notified them of what was going on.

Since the story aired, we’ve gotten many emails from parents who feel otherwise.

School threat parent/student responses:

“I want the school to protect my child first and then let me know. The safety of our children comes first and I trust Mr. Alexander and the staff when it comes to the safety of my son.”

“I think that the district of Edmonson County has a good policy when it comes to lockdown situations. My children feel safe. Edmonson County has zero tolerance rules when it comes to threats.”

“I felt reassured by the actions taken by Mr. Alexander and the rest of the high school administration. He took the greatest caution with the students as if we were his own children. At no time did I feel that he was putting my life or anyone else’s in danger.”

If you would like to comment on any of our stories you can send us an email at news@wbko.com.

Parents, students and faculty are feeling uneasy after reports of similar situations nationwide this week. To watch a package that recently aired on Good Morning America on Virginia Tech copycats, view the player below.


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