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Teen charged in threats

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

GREENUP, Ky. -- A 17-year-old Greenup County juvenile has been arrested by Kentucky State Police on charges he threatened students and staff at Greenup County High School and placed a call saying a bomb had been placed at the high school, according to a news release.

The name of the juvenile was withheld by authorities.

He was charged with terroristic threatening in the first degree, terroristic threatening in the second degree and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He was transported to the Boyd County Juvenile Detenrion Center, according to the release.

"Threats of this nature are extremely serious and will not be tolerated," said Capt. James Stephens, commander of state police Post 14 at Ashland.

Authorities received a text message from an anonymous individual stating a bomb had been placed at the high school Monday. Emergency personnel responded and conducted a search of school property but did not turn up any explosive devices, according to the release.

The following day state police received another call involving threats being made against students and staff at the high school. A text coming from the same phone number as Monday made threats to kill people at the school, according to the release.

The school was placed on a modified lockdown Tuesday, and a second search of the school and grounds was conducted.

State police, with the assistance of Greenup County Dep. Greg Virgin, came up with a suspect.

During the course of the investigation it was determined the individual responsible for making the threats had tried to conceal his identity by using a cell phone application designed to change his cell phone number to send each text, according to the release.