Friday, March 2, 2018

Threat at Highlands Middle School Deemed "Not Credible"

Last night, reports of a potential threat at Highlands Middle School were investigated by Fort Thomas Police and Fort Thomas Independent Schools.

That threat, which was spoken verbally from one student to another, was not deemed a serious threat by police after speaking with all of the parties involved.

The school district took immediate action and handed the investigation over to police.

A joint press release, below, was issued by the district and the police:

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 4:05 p.m., the district was alerted to a threat made by a student at Highlands Middle School during the school day. The threat referenced an act of violence from one student against another.

Fort Thomas Independent Schools central office took immediate action to look into this matter and contacted police, who investigated all the parties involved. They concluded their investigation last night (3-1-18) around 11:00 p.m.

Fort Thomas Police Department officials quickly and thoroughly investigated this matter and determined that this was an isolated incident.

“We investigated this situation and deemed this not a credible threat,” said Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford. “Everyone involved was questioned and talked to and we are confident today that this investigation is complete.”

Whitford, who has a child on the Highlands campus, said that the student who heard the threat did the right thing in notifying staff.

“My child is on campus right now. I would not let any child be there if there was a threat,” he said.

The district will continue to work closely with police to ensure safety of all students and staff within the school district.

There are multiple ways to notify the school district and police about threats, bullying or risky situations within school. Everyone can make a personal commitment to get involved by using the Safety Tip Online Prevention (STOP!) tip line. The anonymous tip line allows anyone to let school officials know what’s happening in schools without fear of retaliation. 

Contacting school staff or police directly is another way to help keep our school environment safe.

“The quicker we can get involved, the better it will be for everyone. This is our job. It’s not a burden for us to help keep our schools and city safe,” said Whitford.

Fort Thomas Independent Schools – 859-781-3333
Fort Thomas Police Department – 859-441-6562

PHOTO: Det. Nathan Day and Lt. Rich Whitford of Fort Thomas Police with assistant superintendents, Jamee Flaherty and Bill Bradford. 

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