Juvenile Arrested After Threats Aimed at Ryle High School
A juvenile is in custody after allegedly making threats against Ryle High School in Union.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office reported Monday morning that it had received multiple phone calls, emails, and messages about the alleged threat.
"The person responsible for the threat has been identified, is a juvenile and has been taken into custody," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
The alleged threat, according to reports, strongly implied violence would take place at the school on Monday.
That student, a 17-year old male, told investigators that he posted the threat to social media because he was being picked on by other Ryle students and that he was possible going to fight another student, using a knife.
The investigation began late Sunday night after calls started to come in to the sheriff's office from concerned students, parents, and others about a photo circulating on social media suggesting that a shooting would take place at Ryle.
The social media picture showed what appeared to be a male wearing dark clothes and holding a handgun with a flag emoji covering the face of the pictured subject. The threat stated in part, “If ryle [sic] kids continue to pursue me, you will be capped….”
Sheriff's deputies worked with the school resource officer at Ryle and Boone County Schools officials to identify the suspect, who told investigators that he posted the photo but that he was not the person seen in the image. Instead, he found the image online.
The student is being held at the Campbell County Juvenile Detention Center.
Photo via Ryle High School