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Teen faces terroristic threatening charge

Mar. 04, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

VANCEBURG, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky teenager has been charged with second-degree terroristic threatening after allegedly joking about bringing a large firecracker to his school in Lewis County, authorities said.

Lewis County Deputy Jason Hill told The Ledger Independent that the 17-year-old boy joked last week about bringing an M-80 firecracker to school and throwing it under a table to see what would happen.

Another student overheard the comment and thought the M-80 was a large firearm. The student notified authorities.

Hill said M-80s are illegal to possess.

The boy was charged because had he brought the firework to school and ignited it, there would have been a panic and injuries could have occurred, the deputy said.

The juvenile was being held in the Boyd County Juvenile Detention Center, he said.

Lewis County Schools Director of District Services Nick Adams said the school took the threat seriously and responded appropriately.

“A student used poor judgment and made a threat about using illegal fireworks,” he said.

Hill said he will now have an office at Lewis County High School at all times.

“I want the students to feel like they’re safe and have someone they can talk with,” he said.