Kentucky School Districts have received the information below from the Kentucky Education Commissioner in conjunction with the KY Center for School Safety of an unspecified internet threat against schools in Kentucky for Wednesday, August 28. To be clear, there has been no threat directed specifically at schools in the Murray Independent School District. This vague threat is being investigatged by law enforcement and thus far, there is no evidence to indicate that the threat has any credibility. My office has contacted local law enforcement regarding the matter.
Our staffs are trained to be alert and aware and to follow the safety guidelines that are in place. August 28th will be no different than any other school day when it comes to the importance of safety. Any additional information will be communicated promptly.
Coy D. Samons, Superintendent
Murray Independent School District
Dear Kentucky Superintendents,
The Kentucky Department of Education has been in communications today with the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety and Kentucky Center for School Safety regarding news reports out of Arkansas of a possible "school shooting threat" in Kentucky on August 28. The Federal Bureau of Investigatrion has released the following statement in regards to the report:
FBI Louisville is aware of an unspecified internet threat against schools in Kentucky (08/28) and Arkansas (08/29). There is no evidence indicating this threat is credible. However, if you see something suspicious online or in person, contact local law enforcement or the FBI.
This incident should serve as a reminder to ensure that any district staff member (certified, classified or para professional) who will have contact with students must view this active shooter training video, as required by Senate Bill 1 (2019).
Will keep you informed if more information becomes available.
Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
Office of the Commissioner