OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Daviess County Officials say there is an active investigation by the Daviess County Public Schools Police (DCPS), local law enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
Officials say a social media post referencing a person making a possible threat to the school, was circulated before being reported to district police and Apollo High School administrators.
UPDATE: Apollo High School Administrative officials posted the following update on Facebook.
This is what it said.
“The following message has been sent via IC Messenger to all Apollo Families by phone call and email. If you miss the call when it comes it, it should leave you a voicemail. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
Through the collaborative effort of multiple law enforcement agencies, an investigation has been conducted regarding the screenshots and social media posts that circulated yesterday. Law enforcement agencies have determined that the threat was not credible and there was not a legitimate threat to DCPS schools.
The messages originated from Arizona. A subject has been arrested in Arizona as a result of a similar threat made to Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. We do not yet have a clear picture as to why a DCPS student was chosen by the Arizona suspect as well. Please understand that few details can be released regarding the juvenile suspect. Charges are pending through the Daviess County Attorney’s Office.
DCPS has a zero-tolerance policy for threats to a campus. Families, please talk to your children about the serious nature of making threats and the importance of immediately reporting any threat or issue of concern to law enforcement or a trusted adult. All threats are taken seriously, investigated completely, and subject to significant and immediate legal charges to the fullest extent of the law.
Thank you again for your communication and willingness to share information with us throughout the investigation. The safety of our students and staff is always a top priority.
We truly appreciate your continued support as we all work together to ensure a safe environment for our students. We look forward to a great day of learning tomorrow.“
According to the post, the investigation revealed a connection to the threat made to Mount Vernon High School. Officials say both messages originated in Arizona in connection to a juvenile who formerly attended Mount Vernon High.
The suspect was arrested after police investigated the Mount Vernon threat. Reports say police do not know at this time why a DCPS student was chosen as well but few details can be released publicly due to the suspect being a juvenile. Officials say charges are pending through the Daviess County Attorney’s Office.
They conclude the post saying they look forward to a great day of learning on Friday.
According to a screenshot received from a viewer and concerned parent, the text exchange went as follows:
- Sender: Hi
- Receiver: Hi?
- Sender: Do you go to Apollo?
- Receiver: Yea why?
- Sender: Listen
- Receiver: Huh
- Sender: I’m gonna be shooting up ahs tomorrow
- Sender: Don’t tell anyone but don’t come to school tomorrow
Reports say a screenshot of a Snapchat message containing the possible threat was shared to Facebook by a parent on Wednesday afternoon whose daughter had received the message. The intended recipient and the identity of the sender is still unknown at this time but the original messages were sent through text which was then shared on Snapchat multiple times.
According to officials, families received the following email update around 8:30 p.m.
This threat comes back to back with a non- credible violence threat that happened at Mount Vernon High School. However theres currently no word on if the two are connected.
This is Breaking News and will be updated when more information becomes available to us.