Bomb threat at Chandlers School

Chris Cooper Managing Editor

September 23, 2013

While students prepared to eat breakfast this morning at Chandlers School, a bomb threat was emailed to principal Caycee Spears and his assistant, which caused the administration to immediately implement its plan of action to assure the safety of the school’s children and faculty.

Immediately upon receiving the treat, administrators cleared the school within minutes, taking the students to an undisclosed safe zone. After the students and faculty were off campus, the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Russellville Police Department and Kentucky State Police conducted a thorough search of the school property for any threat that could be seen as a danger. A bomb dog was taken into the school, but nothing was found.

“No bombs were found,” said Logan County Superintendent Marshall Kemp. “There usually never is. But you have to take it seriously as if it were true.”

Kemp says bomb threats, he cannot remember the last one at a Logan County school, mostly causes an inconvenience for the children and their teachers.

The Kentucky State Police are in process of investigating the email, said Kemp.

“These types of people that do things like this are not the sharpest knife in the drawer,” he said.

Each school in the Logan County School System has their own emergency plan in place, and according to Kemp, are updating them to make them more user friendly, which was passed recently by the General Assembly.

Kemp said he was notified almost immediately of the threat and he went straight to the school and stayed until the students were brought back safely. Kemp says the schools do not need him to implement their emergency plans, but he likes to be there to make sure everything is running smoothly.

“All protocol was taken. The children are currently back in the school, the ones that are left,” said Kemp. Some parents have come and gotten their children.

Kemp says there has to be order when something happens like this. “We can’t let everyone come and get their children right away without some type of order,” said Kemp. “The parents may have had to wait to sign their children out, but it’s better to have order and safety first.”

Kemp said he will listen to any complaints parents may have about them not being able to get to their children immediately, but added he won’t be too sympathetic.

“We are in the business to ensure the children’s safety. I’d rather the parents criticize us for doing our job, instead of not doing it,” said Kemp.