February 23, 2018
17 YEAR OLD BOY ARRESTED MAKING THREAT TO CARRY OUT SCHOOL SHOOTING ATTACK AT LAWRENCE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
INCIDENT CAME ON SAME DAY KSP INVESTIGATED SECOND UNRELATED THREAT AT LCHS BUT DETERMINED NO EVIDENCE TO CORROBORATE THE SECOND THREAT
FEBRUARY 21, 2018 – written by WADE QUEEN
Is E. Ky. overacting to Florida tragedy?
A 17-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday after allegedly threatening to carry out a school shooting at Lawrence County High School, according to the Kentucky State Police
The boy, whose identity was not released due to him being a juvenile, is charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, a Class D Felony, punishable by a sentence of 1-5 years. He was taken to the Boyd County Juvenile Detention Center in Summit.
Troopers say the threat to the Lawrence County High School was unrelated to another alleged threat against the high school on Tuesday, but the KSP officers that were investigating the second threat determined that it turned out to be an unfounded rumor at LCHS.
The Lawrence County Attorney’s Office and a Lawrence County Court Designated Worker assisted KSP troopers with the case.
The shooting threat against Lawrence County High School marks the latest wave of school threats against Eastern Kentucky schools since the deadly school at the Marshall County High School in wesrern Kentucky on January 23. Since January 24, there have been 24 school shooting threats in Eastern Kentucky (including the Lawrence County threat), with most threats made in one county – Boyd County – having five separate threats made against several schools in Boyd County.
However the majority of the Eastern Kentucky school threats have been made since Valentines Day school massacre at the high school in Parkland, Florida
While most of these threats have been verbal or on social media, all law enforcement agencies are taking each threat seriously. A majority of those making the Eastern Kentucky school threats have been arrested and charged, with all but two of them being juveniles.
Here the compiled list of the other 23 school threats in recent weeks:
Date County School Suspect Consequences:
* Jan. 24 Floyd Floyd Central High School Not Released Not Released
* Jan. 24 Pike East Ridge High School Juvenile Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Jan. 25 Powell Powell County High School Juvenile Terroristic Threatening
* Jan. 25 Boyd Boyd County High School Juvenile Terroristic Threatening
* Jan. 25 Boyd Boyd County Middle School Juvenile Terroristic Threatening
* Jan. 26 Pike Pike County Central High School None
* Jan. 31 Knox Lay Elementary School Kenneth Miller Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 1 Whitley Corbin Middle School None
* Feb. 14 Boyd Ashland Middle School None
* Feb. 15 Perry Perry County Central High School 14-year old Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 15 Letcher Letcher County Schools None
* Feb. 15 Boyd Blazer High School Juvenile Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 15 Boyd Ashland Middle School Juvenile Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 17 Clay Clay County Schools 13-year-old Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 17 Laurel North Laurel Middle School 14-year-old Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 18 Knox Knox County Middle School 13-year-old Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 18 Knox Knox County Learning Academy 16-year-old Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 18 Whitley Whitley County Schools 17-year-old Arrested
* Feb. 19 Jackson Jackson County High School 15-year-old Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 20 Letcher Letcher County Central High School 14-year-old Juvenile Detention Center. Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 20 Laurel North Laurel Middle School 15-year-old Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 20 Clay Clay County High School Mathew Collins Terroristic Threatening
* Feb. 20 Harlan None Specified Juvenile Juvenile Detention Center, Terroristic Threatening
However, a recent statistic quoted after the Parkland massacre by nearly every major news media outlet, that there have been 18 school shootings in the U.S. since January 1, a stat that originated from the Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control advocacy group responsible for spreading this statistic, and that they should be embarrassed of its numerical report dishonesty by issuing a fake statistical report like they did, makes finding a solution to the real problem of gun violence, which has actually struck American schools at only just least six times this year, that much harder.
Here is the list of 17 of 18 alleged school shootings in the U.S. so far in 2018 (you will read later why the number was dropped from 18 to 17):
Date School Location Fatalities Injuries
Jan. 4 New Start High School Seattle, Washington 0 0
Jan. 10 Coronado Elementary School Sierra Vista, Arizona 1 0
Jan. 10 California State University San Bernardino, California 0 0
Jan. 10 Grayson College Denison, Texas 0 0
Jan. 15 Wiley College Marshall, Texas 0 0
Jan. 20 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 1 0
Jan. 22 Italy High School Italy, Texas 0 1
Jan. 22 The NET Charter High School Gentilly, Louisiana 0 1
Jan. 23 Marshall County High School Benton, Kentucky 2 18
Jan. 25 Murphy High School Mobile, Alabama 0 0
Jan. 26 Dearborn High School Dearborn, Michigan 0 0
Jan. 31 Lincoln High School Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 0
Feb. 1 Salvador B. Castro Middle School Los Angeles, Ca 0 2
Feb. 5 Oxon Hill High School Oxon Hill, Maryland 0 1
Feb. 5 Harmony Learning Center Maplewood, Minnesota 0 0
Feb. 8 The Metropolitan High School New York, New York 0 0
Feb. 14 Majory Stoneman Douglass High School Parkland, Florida 17 14
Source: Everytown For Gun Safety
The listed shootings include mass shootings, singular incidents and suicides on school property.
When the Washington Post reported Everytown’s propaganda, it included some important caveats:
“That data point … includes any discharge of a firearm at a school — including accidents — as a ‘shooting.’ It also includes incidents that happened to take place at a school, whether students were involved or not.”
The Washington Post should have kept including caveats. According to Everytown’s criteria, nobody has to be injured and the “shooting” doesn’t actually have to take place on campus, though it does have to be heard on campus or a bullet has to hit somewhere on campus.
Here are some examples of the inflated school gun violence numbers for 2018 by Everytown for Gun Safety:
►On Jan. 3, a 31-year-old “military veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury and depression” shot himself in a school parking lot after he called police to report he was suicidal, according to the Lansing Michigan State Journal, (Everytown removed this instance from their report after the Washington Post found that the school had been closed down for months.)
►On Jan. 10, in Denison, Texas, at Grayson College Criminal Justice Center, a student mistook a real firearm belonging to an officer, who was authorized to carry the weapon, for a practice weapon and fired it into a wall. No one was killed or injured.
►On Feb. 5, in Maplewood, Minn., a third-grader pulled the trigger on a police gun while the officer was sitting on a bench. No one was killed or injured.
In eight of the 18 cases originally counted by Everytown, no one was injured or killed. Two were suicides.
(This report contains opinions of the writer. TheLevisaLazer.com does not necessarily agree or disagree with the opinions.)
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