Families of Students in Metcalfe County Worry After Bomb Threats

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

As the bomb squads were checking the schools, parents and families were making sure their children were safe.

One fourth grader's grandmother told her frantic story.

"It's very upsetting. Kids like to get out over snow, or rain, or over floods, but it's a very sad situation when their lives are being threatened," Diane White says.

When she heard the news of the bomb threats this morning, she was asked to pick up her 10-year-old grandson.

"I said where is your book-bag and he said, 'We could not bring anything with us, be had to just leave with everything'," she recalls.

She believes this shows the school's urgency to move students to a safe location, but the incident also frightened some students.

"He just doesn't understand you know why people would want to scare people," she says.

She says something as big as a bomb threat, affects everyone in this little town.

"The parents and everything at the church where they were picking up, they were in a rush, and in a hassle," she says, "We're a close-knit community. People just get their children, their family and be together and they stay at home."

Ashley McKinney is a WKU education student.

She was shadowing a teacher when the first threat came in.

"From what I could tell the school system did a really good job you know making sure and locking down the gym getting the students to safety. I really do believe that they were doing everything that they could," McKinney says.

And today was a repeat performance.

"They responded quickly down there and did have the dog checking at the high school and at the other schools," White says.

All schools were found clear, but Diane White worries these threats will truly affect the students feeling safe at school.

The Metcalfe County Superintendent also says students were kept safe and out of harm's way the entire day.

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