In a press release Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said that a 16-year-old male sophomore was charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening, which is a Class D felony. The release said that at 7:43 a.m. on March 24, Trigg County 911 Center received a call in which a male voice said he was going to “blow up” the high school. Alexander was immediately informed of the call.
Then at 7:48, 911 received a second call from the same caller “with a similar message.” Officers from KSP, Cadiz Police and the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department and the Cadiz Fire Department then responded to the high school.
School personnel then evacuated students inside the high school and the vocational building to the middle school gym. Children and employees at the school-run Trigg Tots daycare center, which is located in the vocational building, were also escorted to the middle school gym. The middle school was then “placed on lock down.”
The press release said that the 16-year-old student “had caused a disturbance a short time before the first call was made.” Alexander said he thought the disturbance was related to the student being angry with some school officials, but that no specific threats were made then.
“There wasn’t anything criminal in the initial contact,” Alexander said.
Alexander said that after the suspect was taken into custody, KSP, Cadiz Police and some school officials questioned him about the incident. Alexander said the school suspected the student because the disturbance occurred “at or around the time of the call.” He didn’t give all the details about what was said in the call, but said the call revealed no additional information to indicate who it was.
Alexander said a similar incident occurred on the campus several years ago. He said he wasn’t sure but might have been between seven and nine years ago. He said he thought the circumstances were similar and that the student had also been upset with school officials.
For more on the bomb hoax, read The Cadiz Record.