Sheriff: Threats on social media in Knox County, Kentucky not Indiana

The Knox County Sheriff's Department is putting out an internet fire, after social media posts emerged that students in the county were being threatened with violence.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 10:34 AM
Updated: Feb. 19, 2018 11:15 AM

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Knox County Sheriff's Department is putting out an internet fire, after social media posts emerged that students in the county were being threatened with violence.

Knox County Sheriff, Mike Morris said Monday that the social media post originated in Knox County, Kentucky and no credible threats were ever received in Knox County, Indiana.

Morris stated, "We received information from a Knox County (IN) School Resource Officer that a threat had been posted on social media."

Within 20 minutes of receiving the initial report, Detective Mike Fisher was able to discredit the threat. Morris further confirmed, authorities in Kentucky had arrested at least two people in connection with the incident.

"Detective Mike Fisher made contact with Kentucky authorities, who confirmed this," Morris said, "As of right now there is no threat in Knox County, Indiana."
Morris added that even with the threat being out of state, his department continues to work with county schools to ensure student safety.

"By no means is the Sheriff's Department dropping its guard," he stated.

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