Law enforcement presence will be increased at Georgetown Middle School following a social media threat, said Eddie Hart, public information officer with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.
“The sheriff’s department will have extra deputies and the Georgetown Police Department will have additional officers at the school throughout the week, which is standard protocol,” Hart said.
Last night several parents saw a threat on social media against Georgetown Middle and contacted a school resource officer. The response was such the Scott County Sheriff’s Office posted a news alert on Facebook.
“Within a half hour or so there were 600 shares,” Hart said.
Scott County Schools released a statement Monday afternoon school will be in session Tuesday.
“Law enforcement agencies are committed to keeping students safe at school and will increase patrols in the area of the school and provide additional police presence to maintain a safe environment at GMS and throughout the Scott County school district,” the school system release stated.
The Kentucky Attorney General’s Cybercrimes Unit has been alerted and is investigating the origin of the threat along with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation will likely take some time, said Hart.
“So far, all we have are screenshots of screenshots,” Hart said. “It’s a process that can sometimes take days.”
The social media post warns against students going to school on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, the sheriff’s Facebook alert quotes the threat.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking parents whose social media accounts may have actually received the threat to call 502-863-7855 or send a text message to 859-509-0510.
“If someone actually saw the threat on their social media feed, then we can look at who is following them (on social media) and narrow the search,” Hart said.
Currently, no one is positive which social media was originally used, but once that is determined it is just a matter of time before the culprit is identified. When the individual is identified, criminal charges will likely be filed, he said.
Some parents have said they would withhold their child from school Tuesday because of the threats.
“Georgetown Middle will be the safest place in town Tuesday and throughout the week,” Hart said. “With the law enforcement presence, we’re going to make sure of that.”