DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - Investigators say a Kentucky teen threatened to shoot a student at a local high school. Now he’s under arrest and charged with felony terroristic threatening.
14 New has learned the boy previously attended Apollo, but administrators at Daviess County schools say he’s not a student right now.
Deputies tell us he was targeting his ex-girlfriend.
Several statements made on social media lead the Daviess County sheriff’s office to start its investigation. Those threats were aimed at an Apollo High school student.
"He had stated that he was going to do this when she was getting on or off the bus, I can’t remember which,” Major Barry Smith with Daviess County Sheriff’s office said.
The girl already had a protection order against her ex.
Deputies went the juvenile’s home where they found both a .22 caliber handgun and ammunition that belonged to the family.
“He was aware of that particular gun being in the home, yes,” Major Smith added.
Deputies arrested the teen. He was first taken to the juvenile detention facility in Bowling Green. Then, he was later sent to RiverValley Behavioral Health’s secure facility.
“First and foremost, we want our students to be safe and feel safe. When they come into our buildings, we want them to know they are safe-- in a safe environment so they can learn,” Daviess County schools Director of Student Services Damon Fleming explained.
School administrators say this was an isolated incident; the boy was not on campus when the threats were made and no weapon was brought to school.
Leaders also wrote there is no connection between this arrest and what they say was a minor event they informed parents about earlier this week.
“You don’t know whether people are making threats as a vague threat, or if they’re actually intending on carrying it out, but we sure don’t want to get to the fact that they carry it out if we can prevent it,” Major Smith stated.
A full-time school resource officer is assigned to Apollo.
Authorities say building that relationship between students and supervisors is critical to school safety.