According to police, Trigg County 911 Center received a call at 7:43 a.m. on March 24, in which a male voice said he was going to “blow up” the high school. Police Chief Hollis Alexander was informed of the call, which was followed by another call at 7:48 with “a similar message.” Officers from Kentucky State Police, Cadiz Police and the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department and the Cadiz Fire Department then responded to the high school. School personnel evacuated everyone inside the high school and the vocational building while law enforcement searched the school
Police 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. After the student signed a confession, he was charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening, which is a Class D felony. Alexander said, though, that because it took place on school property, the charge actually should have been first-degree instead of second-degree.
“It was the right charge, but the wrong degree,” he said.
On March 27, Cadiz Police announced that further investigation had led to the discovery of new physical evidence and to another student being charged with first-degree terroristic threatening. The student is also a 16-year-old male, and now being held at the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center. Alexander said that police now have the cell phone on which the calls were made to 911.
“Through some legwork that (School Resource Officer Tim Allen) did, it led us in a different direction,” Alexander said.
Alexander said the charges against the first 16-year-old who was taken into custody would not be forwarded to the Court Designated Worker.
“We start the citation process here, but it doesn’t become official until the charges are sent to the CDW.”
Read more about the student and the police interview process in this week's Cadiz Record