PRP students charged for false threats of gun violence


by Gene Kang

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 12:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police have charged three Pleasure Ridge Park students relating to false threats of gun violence.

"There were a bunch of rumors going around someone was bringing a gun to school and was going to shoot some people. I was personally panicking. I was pretty anxious all day," a PRP student told WHAS11.

"I know they had a K-9 unit come in to search the school and stuff," another said.

Usually there is one school resource officer but on Monday there were several on the campus of Pleasure Ridge High School after a student was accused of talking about bringing in a gun.

Metro Police say two students were charged with disorderly conduct and abuse of a teacher and another student was charged with terroristic threatening.

"You never know if there's a copycat or somebody crazy out there that wants to do something," Mike Estes, a PRP grandfather said.

Estes took his granddaughter, Mikalya Durrett, out of school. He did not want to take any chances after rumors spread on Twitter and Facebook.

"Saying I'm going to miss you. Cause there is someone coming to shoot us," PRP freshman Durrett said of the rumors.

Ben Jackey with Jefferson County Public Schools says the threat had no credibility and may have started Monday  night.

In the aftermath of the deadly school shootings in Connecticut, many were feeling on edge.

But JCPS says they will investigate every possible threat accordingly, as they have always done. The district has a zero tolerance policy and according to the code of conduct, if found guilty of making a threat, a student can be suspended for six to 20 days, expelled or placed in an alternative school.

LMPD is trying to uncover which student started the rumor of bringing a gun to school and how it spread so quickly via social media.

This case is still under investigation, more charges could be coming.