Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON – Detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department are hopeful a handwriting expert can help determine the sources of two recent bomb threats at Marshall County High School.
Detectives have sent pictures of notes found in the high school and more recently at the Technical Center on the school’s campus to a handwriting expert in Connecticut for evaluation. The Kentucky State Çrime lab no longer employs an expert in handwriting.
Sheriff Kevin Byars said it will take several weeks for results to come back, but he is very hopeful the findings will help determine who those responsible for the threats are.
The first note was found on a bathroom wall inside the high school on October 21 and stated a bomb was scheduled to detonate on Monday, October 24. Officials evacuated the building and conducted a search of lockers, the rooftop and other areas of the building before determining all was clear and allowing students to re-enter.
The most recent threat took place just two weeks ago when a note was found on a wall at the Technical Center. This time students of the center were evacuated.
Byars said the handwritings in the threats contained some very unique characteristics which teachers were able to narrow down.
Byars had addressed the student body following the second threat asking those responsible to come forward and indicating that by doing so they may receive leniency for the offense of terroristic threatening. No one has claimed responsibility, however.
Trent Lovett, Marshall County Superintendent of Schools said he plans to press charges to the fullest extent of the law if the person(s) responsible for the threats is identified.
“We can’t have someone disrupting the entire school day and 1400 students in the process,” he said.