Letcher student, angry over grade, arrested following alleged threat

Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Bert Slone, who also serves as school resource officer at Letcher Central High School.
A student at Letcher Central High School was arrested Feb. 21.

A Letcher County student is now facing a felony charge after allegedly making a threat against the school while angry over a grade.

On Wednesday, a 14-year-old student was arrested at Letcher County Central High School after allegedly becoming angry and threatening to carry out a shooting at the school. The incident was the third in four school days in Letcher County.

Letcher Central was closed Friday and again Tuesday due to perceived threats agains the school, none of which were found to be credible, but one did result in the arrest of a 9-year-old student. With this latest incident, school and law enforcement officials have had enough, and they want to let everyone know how serious it is to even jokingly make statements about carrying out violent acts at school.

School buses, and a Whitesburg Police cruiser, line the parking lot at Letcher County Central High School.

Letcher County Schools School Resource Officer and Letcher Sheriff’s Deputy Bert Slone praised the students who came forward with information about Wednesday’s incident. The student arrested Wednesday was charged with terroristic threatening in the second degree, a class D felony charge, and was taken to the juvenile detention center in Breathitt County.

Slone said all threats, or perceived threats are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. Anyone found to be making threats, he said, will be prosecuted.

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