UPDATE: Teen Arrested For Threat Against Ryle HS; Second Threat Received

UPDATE: A second threat is made against Ryle High School in as many days.

Update published at 2:15 p.m.:

Boone County Schools say a second threat was directed at Ryle High School Monday. 

The latest threat came this afternoon. The Boone County Sheriff's Office has already handled the issue, according to the school district.

Extra police support is already at Ryle High School on Monday due to the threat by a male juvenile made Sunday night (see below).

Ryle High School will dismiss on a normal schedule Monday.


Original story published at 11:49 a.m.:

(Union, Ky.) - A 17-year-old is facing charges after making threats against Ryle High School.

The teen was taken into custody by Boone County Sheriff’s deputies early Monday morning after posting online late Sunday night.

The teen’s social media post allegedly contained threats to shoot students at the high school in Union.

A photo the suspect posted showed a male wearing dark clothing and holding a handgun. A flag emoji covered the face of the person in the photo.

According to police, the threat stated in part, “If ryle [sic] kids continue to pursue me, you will be capped….”

School resource officers and administrators quickly identified the male teen. He was questioned by authorities and admitted to making the social media post.

“The male juvenile stated that the picture of the person with a gun was found on the internet and the purpose of the picture was to make other students think that it was actually him holding the handgun. The male juvenile stated that he posted the threat in response to being picked on by Ryle High School students and that he was going to possibly fight another student after school armed with a weapon (knife),” a statement from the sheriff’s office read.

The 17-year-old is now charged with Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree. He is being held at the Campbell County Juvenile Detention Center.

Parents of Ryle High School students were notified of the threat Monday morning. Boone County Schools said the threat was taken seriously and additional support would be provided at the school.

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