Threat at Brownstown High School Leads to Arrest of Student, Police Say All Kids Safe


Published on January 11 2013 2:59 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Wayne Moran

An incident this morning at Brownstown High School has resulted in the arrest of a student, after posting a threat on Facebook.

According to Adam Bussard, Brownstown Superintendent of Schools, the school received information about a shooting threat that had been posted by a student on Facebook. Specific information about the threat was not made available.

Bussard said the student was brought to the school office for questioning and it was determined he was not armed. Initial reports that the student had taken a gun into the school were false.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department took the student into custody for investigation, and we're told the school was not locked down or evacuated.

Bussard sent a letter home with students regarding the incident:

Dear Parents,

I want to share with you an incident that occurred before school this morning at our high school. It came to our attention that one of our students allegedly had made a threat of violence against another student on Facebook. Upon receiving this information, we immediately took action, including bringing the student who allegedly had made the threat into the office and contacting law enforcement authorities at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

We followed our school safety plan, which had been reviewed by law enforcement authorities. We did not have to evacuate or lock down the school because the student in question was under supervision in our office and we determined that he was not armed and not an immediate threat to anyone. He was removed from the campus by the Sheriff’s Department.

Because of student privacy laws and because there is an ongoing law enforcement investigation, we cannot share any more details.

The safety and welfare of all of our students, faculty and staff are a top priority in our school district. We took immediate action to resolve this threat according to school district policy and our school safety plan. Thank you for your continued support of our school district and our students.


Adam Bussard
Brownstown Community Unit District 201

We're continuing to follow this story, and will have more information as it becomes available.