Johnson County calls off school Thursday, threats are not credible

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JOHNSON Co., (WYMT) - Johnson County Schools canceled classes Thursday following a series of unsubstantiated threats.

"When we come down to weather days we always air on the side of safety for kids, and so while we don't think there is any credibility to any of these statements being made, any of these threats being made, we always try and air on the side of safety. That situation is no different than this situation," said Superintendent Thom Cochran.

A Facebook post, announced the district would not be in session Thursday.

"We will not stop until we do everything we can to make sure every child is safe," said Sheriff Doug Saylor.

Wednesday WYMT recieved multiple messages from parents and members of the community of threats directed toward JCHS.

Thursday law enforcement and school officials were in the school walking the hallways and checking classrooms to make sure that School Resource Officers and first reponders knew every nook and cranny of the building.

"They enlightened us on some of the locations a lot of us weren't aware of," said Sheriff Saylor.

In a seperate Facebook post on the district's page, Superintendent Thom Cochran says they were made aware of threats and had talked to multiple students and found them to not be credible.

District officials say they will be turning over the information they received from students over to police.

Three law enforcement entities were in the building. Representatives from the Paintsville Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff's Department and the Kentucky State Police were all on hand to learn more about the building.

"Were very blessed in our community to have three groups on law enforcement who work and work with us," said Cochran.

Students will be back in class on Friday the 15th.

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