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14-year-old arrested after threats made to Laurel County, Ky. middle school

Kentucky State Police said a 14-year-old was arrested on suspicions of threatening to shoot up a Laurel County school.

Kentucky State Police arrested a 14-year-old in Laurel County after receiving word of a potential threat to shoot up a local middle school.

KSP said it got word of the threats at 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 17 after someone called about a social media post threatening North Laurel Middle School.

The preliminary investigation is underway. KSP said the teen attended the school and sent a message to another student threatening to shoot up the school.

Police located the teen several hours later, arrested him, and put him in the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center on the charge of 2nd degree Terroristic Threatening.

KSP is not identifying the juvenile and the investigation is ongoing.

The arrest comes the same weekend two juveniles and one other were arrested in neighboring Knox County, Ky. for similar charges after authorities said they sent out a social media threat in hopes of getting school canceled.

The Knox County Sheriff's Department and KSP reinforced that they take these types of threats very seriously and that they do everything possible to keep students and staff safe.