The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security said an internet threat mentioning Kentucky schools is unsubstantiated.
“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,” the statement read. “Initially, the threat was reported to FBI Little Rock from an individual outside of the U.S. The threat was read in a gaming chatroom.”
The threat made mention no specific location in either state and was very general, the Homeland Security statement said. Authorities are working to ensure security and will issue notifications if more information confirms the threats.
Word of threat expanded on Facebook with posts circulating a claim that a mass shooting would happen in an undisclosed location in one of the state’s schools Wednesday, according to the Courier Journal.
School districts across the state, including Hardin County Schools, Elizabethtown Independent Schools and West Point Independent School, sent out statements of their own about the non-credible threat.
In a HCS letter, the district discouraged the public from sharing information about the threat on social media.
“Say something to those who have the means and authority to research the threat and hold perpetrators accountable for making these threats,” the letter read. “Please do not contribute to the pandemonium.”
In Elizabethtown’s statement, the district told parents how the district values their children’s safety.
“We do not feel this is a credible threat but ask that you take this opportunity to remind your child of the importance of being diligent with regard to reporting any suspicious behavior,” the statement read.
The Louisville FBI branch said in a tweet the threat was not credible.
“There is no evidence indicating this threat is credible,” the agency said Monday on Twitter. “However, if you see something suspicious online or in person, contact local law enforcement or the FBI.”