SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A security threat prompted the evacuation of a high school in Shelbyville on Monday.
Staff members and students in grades 8 through 12 at Martha Layne Collins High School were evacuated to the football field after the threat was called in to the school's main office around noon, according to Duanne Puckett, Public Relations Coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools. Chief Deputy Gene Whitt with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said school officials felt they were dealing with a bomb threat, but Whitt would not elaborate on the exact threat that was made.
Parents were notified by an automated OneCall Now message to pick up their children. Parents whose children drove to school were asked to call the Shelby County Central Office so an official release could be issued. Buses took the remaining children home.
Students had been taking state assessment tests when the disruption happened.
Whitt said the sheriff's office requested assistance from the Louisville Metro Police Department. LMPD sent four individuals and two K9s which helped accelerate a thorough search of the school building, Whitt said.
Authorities are working school leaders and district administrators to investigate. Puckett said the person responsible for the threat will be prosecuted if caught.
Anyone with information about this case should call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 502-633-4324.
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