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Friday, April 4, 2014

Bomb Threat Suspect Awaits Grand Jury as Highlands Discusses Emergency Protocols

Tyler Swope's attorney, Phillip Taliaferro. Source: http://www.tmsck.com/Attorneys/Philip-Taliaferro-Iii.shtml
The arraignment hearing for Tyler Swope, the former Highlands graduate and prom king accused of calling in a bomb threat that sent shockwaves through Fort Thomas on January 15, was to take place yesterday at Campbell County District Court in front of Judge Gregory T. Popovich. Swope and his attorney, Phillip Taliaferro waived his preliminary hearing and will await the grand jury's ruling.


According to the press release given by Fort Thomas Police, Swope was charged but not taken into custody. He is accused of one count of Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree, a Class C Felony and one count of Reporting a False Incident, a Class A Misdemeanor.

On why Swope may have not been arrested, FTM legal analyst, Attorney Bob Hengge, said, "The most important factors in deciding on whether a person is taken into custody or released during the pendency of the case are criminal record, ties to the community, and danger to either himself or the public. Swope doesn't have a criminal record, is from this area, and has no record of violence or known drug history. Due to those factors and barring a violation of his bond conditions, he'll most likely remain out of custody during this case."

The bomb threat that took place has called the emergency protocols into question among administrators, parents and students.

Assistant Superintendent, Rita Byrd, discussed those plans. "Administrators have discussed our emergency protocols since the bomb threat as that is a charge that we are expected to do as part of our jobs. We are continuing to review what's in place and update the various areas as needed. While we have made a few updates, the basic emergency protocols that have been in place since the beginning of the year are still current. We are also looking at professional development activities for our faculty and staff to make sure we have safety procedures in place at all school."


9 comments:

  1. Leave the poor kid alone. Tyler wasnt even there yesterday.

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  2. I dont think he did it.

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  3. Good thing they have the GRAND JURY to decide that. Not his friends and family! There was obviously enough evidence to charge him with this crime. They are just doing their jobs.

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  4. LOL. The first 2 comments are obviously the same person. 1 minute apart? Hmmm.

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  5. There has to be more people involved. I know Tyler and hes a wonderful young man, hes very kind, and caring. He loved that school. He worked there for years and was waterboy for numerous years. He helped the basketball teams and filmed for the girls, hes a wonderful kid. I hope the truth comes out soon.

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  6. I had heard it coulda been a teacher.

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  7. Prayers for him and his family, hes a great kid.

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  8. Where there is smoke there is fire. There is no way this kid is completely innocent in all of this.

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  9. He better go to jail for that, calling in a bomb threat is not a small little thing, that's way to serious to let this tool off.

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