Online threat made against Franklin High School

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Franklin High School student had reportedly made a threat via social media about shooting at the school, according to information released early Wednesday evening by Dr. Tamara Sterling, superintendent of Franklin City Public Schools. The threat had been made earlier in the day.

“High School students notified the administrative team and an investigation was conducted immediately,” she stated. “The student’s parents were contacted as well as Franklin Police Department.”

Police spokesman Sgt. Scott Halverson later sent a press release that the communications center got the call at 1:30 p.m., and that units responded with an investigation, which he added is ongoing.

In a letter that Sterling is sending to parents on Thursday, she wrote, “Please be assured that school disciplinary action, along with possible law enforcement action, will be taken as appropriate. The procedures that we have in place allowed the administrative team to handle this situation with little disruption to the other students in the building, most of whom were unaware that a threat had been made.”

Sterling also stated that FCPS will “continue to make every effort to provide students with a safe learning environment, adding that parents are welcome to contact the school or her office at 569-8111.

Halverson also wrote that if anyone has any information about this incident, they are asked to call Franklin Police at 562-8575, or Franklin Crime Solvers at 562-8599. Information that leads to an arrest can earn the caller a cash reward while remaining anonymous.