August 27, 2019
Dear HCS Parents/Guardians and Staff,
The Kentucky Department of Education has been in communication with the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety and the Kentucky Center for School Safety regarding news reports out of Arkansas of a possible “school shooting threat” in Kentucky on August 28th. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security issued a release describing a possible threat, generic in nature, to schools:
“We are aware of a Facebook post circulating about a possible incident at a school being planned for the 28th in Kentucky and the 29th in Arkansas. Initially, the threat was reported to FBI Little Rock from an individual outside of the US. The threat was read in a gaming chat room that indicated there is going to be an incident at a Kentucky and Arkansas school on the 28th and 29th of this month. The threat DID NOT name a specific location in either state and was very generalized. At this time, the complaint is UNSUBSTANTIATED. If anything further develops from this report, the KIFC will push out additional information as it becomes available. The FBI and KIFC, as well as state and local law enforcement, continue to monitor this situation.”
They have not confirmed the source or verified the threat. Henderson County Schools has not been specifically named in any threat. We have security practices and protocols in place that are practiced every day to ensure that we keep our students, staff, and visitors safe. We will continue to communicate with our local, state, and federal authorities regarding this situation. We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and staff. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to the administrators of Henderson County Schools.