BGISD, WCPS, Allen Co. officials address potential threats made against high schools

A time or date was not given in the threat.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 12:29 AM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Bowling Green Independent School District and Warren County Public Schools officials are addressing a threat made to the two systems and other systems in the area.

On the BGISD website, a message from Principal Kyle McGraw appears on the homepage addressing a “concerning message” that was posted to a Lexington-based website Wednesday night.

The letter says that Superintendent Gary Fields received notice of the potential threat that includes staff and students of three area high schools: Bowling Green High School, Warren Central High School and Allen County-Scottsville High School.

Threats were also made again Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

The letter says there is no specific date or time for the threat.

The Bowling Green Police Department is working with the FBI to determine the origin of the message, according to the BGISD letter.

A similar letter from WCPS Superintendent Rob Clayton was also sent out.

“Whether verbal, non-verbal or on social media, we take every report or potential threat seriously,” Clayton wrote in the letter.

Clayton also wrote that starting Thursday, the system will have additional law enforcement patrols at Warren Central High School and Warren Elementary due to the close proximity.

McGraw said additional patrol will also be at the BGISD system schools as well.

Allen County Schools Superintendent Travis Hamby said that all classes are cancelled Thursday. On Friday, the system posted that classes will resume with increased security presence and policies.

“As a precautionary measure, we will have an increased presence of law enforcement on campus. Additionally, we will implement our internal procedure for ‘Secure Campus,’” according to a social media post.

This policy includes:

  • All exterior doors will remain locked, including the door leading into the vestibule.
  • Limiting access to our schools. All visitors must first call in to gain access to the school. Phone numbers for respective schools will be posted outside the door.
  • Students remain inside (No outdoor activities).
  • All classroom doors will remain shut and locked during instructional time.
  • Staff assigned to perform extra patrols of exterior doors and hallways during instructional time.
  • Extra supervision in common areas and during class changes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentucky Safe School Tipline at 866-393-6659.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.