|Tyler Swope's attorney, Phillip Taliaferro. Source: http://www.tmsck.com/Attorneys/Philip-Taliaferro-Iii.shtml|
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."