From Progress staff reports
An investigation is underway at Dawson Springs Independent Schools after a written threat was found in a girls restroom at the high school, Superintendent Lenny Whalen told The Progress on Thursday afternoon.
A student found the threat Thursday morning written on a bathroom stall under the toilet paper dispenser in one of the girls' bathrooms. The student mentioned it to the school secretary. Whalen and other district and school officials were in a meeting at the school when the secretary came in to tell them of the threat. Whalen said it was about 8:35 a.m.
The written threat included the date of Nov. 7 and made a reference to "shoot up the school," Whalen said.
The district is in "high-alert" mode, Whalen said in a news release, which was time and date-stamped as 9:10 a.m. Nov. 7. The notice was posted online and on Twitter and Facebook shortly after. A phone and email alert went out to all those parents and stakeholders at 11:26 a.m. The alert directed the listener to the district website or to the district Facebook page, where the news release had been posted.
The school resource officer, Jim Saddler, and the Dawson Springs Police Department are investigating the threat.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the culprit has not been determined. Dawson Springs Police Chief Mike Opalek said the department is still actively investigating.
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Whalen said those who were in and around the area at the time of the threat are being questioned. He asked that anyone with knowledge of the threat to come forward.
"To this point we have no evidence or word that there is any truth to this threat," Whalen said Thursday. "In any case, we treat all threats as if they are real."
A more saturated law enforcement presence was at the school through the day and would be as long as needed.
In the release, Whalen reminds parents to speak to students about making threats. Those who are found to have a part in any threat will be punished at school and turned over to law enforcement for punishment as well. The offense would be considered second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony.
"Rest assured we will not tolerate any threats or violence in any form," Whalen said.