8:20pm Update regarding threat made to KCPS

8:20pm Update:
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Contact: TFC.Shane Jacobs

Arrests made in Knox County school threat

Corbin, Ky. February 18, 2018) On February 18, 2018 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan and Barbourville Police Department began receiving calls about a social media post threatening Knox County schools. Troopers along with Barbourville Police Officers initiated a joint investigation immediately. KSP Electronic Crimes Branch assisted by obtaining an address from where the threat was made.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 13 year old female who attends Knox County Middle School and a 16 year old female who attends Knox County Learning Academy came up with the idea to send out a social media threat in hopes of school being cancelled.  Both juveniles were placed under arrest and taken to Barbourville Police Department for questioning. Knox County Court Designated Worker was contacted and was able to send both juveniles to Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center for their charges. Tpr. Jonathan Corey charged both juveniles with terroristic threatening 2nd degree.
Megan Scott, 19, of Corbin who attends Knox Central High School was also arrested for her involvement in this investigation. Ms. Scoot was aware of the threats and failed to notify authorities. Ms. Scott was charged with complicity to terroristic threatening and lodged into the Knox County Detention Center.
Case is still under investigation by Tpr. Jonathan Corey. Also assisted at the scene were Barbourville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff Department.

6:15pm Update:
The Knox County Public Schools have been cooperating with law enforcement agencies by providing information regarding their leads of possible suspects involved in the threats made to KCPS.  KSP has three individuals in custody in connection to the social media threats.  One individual is being identified as an adult.  KCPS does not provide information regarding our students and is unable to comment further at this time.
Kentucky State Police will be providing additional information and their news release will be provided here.
3:03pm Update:
We have been made aware of social media threats against the Knox County Public Schools (Kentucky).
Our school system is working with the Barbourville City, Knox County Sheriff, and Kentucky State Police as they investigate the source of the threat that has spread on social media.
KCPS, along side local law enforcement, will work diligently to keep the students, staff, and school system safe. We take threats of any kind seriously.
As always please feel free to contact Knox County 911 if you see or hear anything concerning this issue.