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HENDERSON, Ky. (2/19/18) — Law enforcement and school officials held a joint press conference this afternoon at Henderson County Schools Board of Education.

Officials announced an anonymous donor has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to identifying those responsible for a recent threat posted on social media concerning schools in Henderson County. They also explained rumors have been circulating not only in Henderson County, but nationwide since the two recent school shootings.

Superintendent Marganna Stanley spoke along with Henderson Police Department Interim Chief Jason Hargitt, noting those found responsible could be charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, which is a felony in Kentucky.

Hargitt said the department continually works with the district in city schools to ensure safety including officers teaching classes, eating lunch or visitations to build relationships. The chief also mentioned that all threats are investigated.

“Each rumor, we are investigating seriously and vigorously to the best of our abilities,” Hargitt said.

Stanley asked that parents listen to and know their children, paying particular attention to social media activity and online friendships.

Sheriff Ed Brady also spoke, saying law enforcement officials are in the school system daily. The department continues to stay ahead of the curve with training, which has received national attention.

“Your children are as safe as they can be — maybe safer than they are at home,” Brady said, asking that people not overreact, because every school system is enduring threats. “We have to keep a cool head, but don’t panic every time something comes over the internet.”

Kentucky State Police Post 16 Capt. Bob Schultz also pointed out that it appears there will probably be a rash of threats across the country for a while.

Authorities did not wish to comment regarding the open investigation concerning the threat made.

Nick Risley
SurfKY News Reporter



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