Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 11, 2012

4 p.m. AFTERNOON UPDATE: Area school evacuated after threatening message found

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — A written threat found at a county school led to the evacuation of students Tuesday.

Just after noon it was brought to the attention of Austin Tracy Principal Brian Clifford that there was a potential threatening message on a bathroom wall in the school, according to a Barren County school district press release.

Clifford immediately began to follow all procedures by placing a call to district contact Cortni Crews in the district's central office. While Crews was informing Superintendent Bo Matthews, Clifford confirmed there was a threatening message on the wall.

Following district policy and procedure, students were moved to Mount Olivet Baptist Church. The Barren County Sheriff's Office was alerted and officers along with district office personnel and the Austin Tracy Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the school to assist with the situation.

As of 1:35 p.m., the building was cleared and declared safe.

“At no time was any student or staff member in any imminent danger,” said Crews in the release. “There was no evidence that it was a credible threat, but swift procedures will always be taken to protect the safety of our students in any situation.”

Law enforcement officials will continue the investigation. School will be in session at Austin Tracy on Wednesday as regularly scheduled.