Teen Charged After 'Joking' About Bombing Todd Co. High School and Shooting Student

Feb 20, 2018

Todd County
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A west Kentucky teenager faces terroristic threatening and drug charges after allegedly joking on social media that he would bomb Todd County Central High School and shoot a student. 

Kentucky State Police said in a release on Tuesday they received a complaint on Monday from the Elkton Police Department referencing threats to the school.

An investigation followed, involving interviews with multiple juveniles. Police determined that that the 16-year-old male had used social media to make threats towards another juvenile and the high school.

Police made contact with the 16-year-old male early Tuesday morning in Pembroke. He admitted to saying he was going to shoot another male juvenile and went on to state that he did make threats to bomb Todd Central High School. He stated he was only joking.

Police also found him to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He is lodged in the McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with 2nd and 3rd Degree Terroristic Threatening as well as Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

This is one of many similar incidents around the Commonwealth following a school shooting last week in Florida and another last month in west Kentucky. The Kentucky State Police have been posting on Facebook releases detailing similar incidents.

Police implore parents to talk to their children about this issue and to urge them not to joke about these matters. They also ask parents and students to report threats made on social media and elsewhere.