Law enforcement investigating potential online threat to 3 area high schools

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Superintendents Rob Clayton of Warren County Public Schools and Travis Hamby of Allen County Schools received notice of a potential threat to three area high schools on the night of Dec. 7.

In a message to WCPS families, Clayton says the threat involves Bowling Green High School, Warren Central High School and Allen County-Scottsville High School, as well as Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul.

According to Clayton, the threat was posted online and received to a Lexington-based website on Wednesday night.

There is no further information released about the nature of the threat, and Clayton says there is no specific date or time of the threat.

Beginning Thursday, an increased presence of law enforcement will be seen at Bowling Green High School, Warren Central High School and Warren Elementary School due to its location near WCHS.

In an abundance of caution, Allen County Schools will be closed Thursday, Dec 8.

The Bowling Green Police Department and FBI are working to determine the origin of the message, Clayton said.

We will update as further details are available.

Clayton released the following statement to WCPS families concerning the incident:

“Dear WCPS Family,

Warren County Public Schools strives to be a community that is safe and nurturing for all of our students. We also want to openly communicate with our families about safety issues when they arise.

We are writing to inform you of a concerning online post that was received to a Lexington-based website on the night of Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

This evening, I received notice of a potential safety 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 and Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. There is no specific date or time of the threat.

The Bowling Green Police Department and the FBI are actively working to determine the origin of the message.

Whether verbal, nonverbal, or on social media, we take every report or potential threat seriously. Beginning tomorrow, we will have additional law enforcement patrols at Warren Central High School and Warren Elementary (due to its close proximity to Warren Central). As always, if you see or hear anything concerning, please report it by either contacting an adult at school or by using the Kentucky Safe School Tipline: Call (866) 393-6659 or the online form at https://safeschools.ky.gov/.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call my office at 270-781-5150. Thank you for your support and assistance in keeping our schools safe.”