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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Police Determine Threat Made by Student at Highlands High School as "Isolated"

Fort Thomas Police are characterizing a threat made by a student as "an isolated incident" after hours of interviews and investigation by the department.

According to a release, the district was alerted to a threat made by a student at Highlands High School, which referenced an act of violence from one student against another. The reporting students shared names and specifics.

"Fort Thomas Independent Schools administration met and took immediate action to look into this matter. Our School Resource Officer, Zac Rohlfer, joined to assist the investigation. Students were interviewed and details were carefully vetted and the matter was further turned over to Fort Thomas Police."

"The Fort Thomas Police Department quickly and thoroughly investigated this matter and determined this was an isolated incident. Fort Thomas Independent Schools is addressing the issue at the school level to ensure student safety."

“At this time there is no reason to believe any students’ safety has been compromised as a result of this individual,” said Fort Thomas Police Officer Adam Noe.

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

The release goes on to say that 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.  The school district takes threats very seriously and will discipline accordingly.  The district will comply with KRS 508.087 and penalties under KRS 532.060 and 534.030 which could possibly include participants being charged with a Class D Felony.  We ask all parents to have conversations with their children to encourage the students to report immediately anything they hear or see that may be alarming."

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

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