Whitesburg KY

Student’s joke leads to second LCC evacuation

Students were evacuated from Letcher County Central High School for the second time this school year while police and administrators investigated whether a bomb was on school grounds.

No bomb was found during the latest incident, which occurred Sept. 27, or during the Sept. 9 incident.

Emergency procedures went into effect around 2 p.m. on Friday after a teacher told the principal that a student had said in class, “There’s a bomb in the school.” School Resource Officer Bert Slone concluded within less than an hour that there was no threat and students returned to classes.

“He said he was joking,” said Letcher Schools Supt. Tony Sergent.

“It’s a serious thing. This day and time you can’t make those comments.”

Officials investigated the earlier bomb threat after one student overheard two others talking about acquiring firecrackers or other fireworks and the information was told to an adult. Sergent was notified of that comment early Sept. 9 and immediately called the bus garage to have school buses rerouted to the old Whitesburg High School campus. He then called police and district administrators.

All threats must be checked out, Sergent said. The district’s emergency plan states that students be kept out of the building when such an incident occurs, he said.

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