, Corbin, KY

Local News

February 7, 2013

Comment on school’s Facebook page causes concern

Situation handled by school, post on Corbin High School’s site removed

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

A post on the social media site Facebook did not get a lot of “likes” Monday and Tuesday.

Corbin police said the post came from a student at Corbin High School, and was posted on the school’s Facebook page.

After conducting what was called a “threat assessment,” Corbin High took action Tuesday and handled the situation inside the high school.

The threat, which the school said was on a very low level, was removed from the page, and the page was taken down Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Different parents said it was put on Facebook that there were bomb threats, but that was not the case. Police were there around noon Tuesday, and I started getting texts about a bomb threat. After the initial post was made, we got questions and texts. There was absolutely no bomb threats on Facebook,” said Corbin Police Sgt. Rusty Hedrick on Wednesday.

According to Hedrick, the high school had received some concerns from students about another student posting on Facebook. As a result, the students thought the school staff needed to be aware of the situation.

“The school staff spoke with the student and the student’s father regarding the posts. There were some stuff that could be perceived as a threat, depending on who reads it. The school conducted a series of what they call a ‘threat assessment’ plan, and they took it to a series of levels. The school decided it was a very low level in their threat assessments, and decided to handle it in-house.”

Corbin High principal John Derek Faulconer said the comment came to their attention late Monday afternoon, and leaked over into Tuesday morning.

“We had some students who saw it before the administrators did. There were a whole lot of speculations that weren’t true. I’ve got about 855 kids here, and I’m going to take care of them. If they feel uncomfortable, come to me, or a teacher or go to somebody there at the school and tell us. We preach this. We’re family. We’re family-oriented, and if there’s something that bothers them, they report it to us. They did the right thing, and we’re proud of them,” noted Faulconer Wednesday.

In a statement released from his office, Corbin Independent School Superintendent Ed McNeel said, “On Monday, February 4th 2013, the administration at Corbin High School was made aware of comments that were posted to the social media site known as Facebook. After viewing these comments, a proactive group of students decided it was their responsibility to act in the name of school safety and present them to the administrators at Corbin High School.”

McNeel’s statement continued, “The administrators of Corbin High School took immediate action in assessing the comments to ensure that no faculty member, student body member or community member were in any danger. The comments posted on Facebook made no indications or references towards any Corbin High School student, nor did they reference any faculty member affiliated with Corbin High School. The administrators at Corbin High School deeply appreciate the alertness and awareness of the student body to present this to them as soon as possible.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 18 arrested in drug roundup

    An 11-month long investigation into illegal drug activity resulted in 18 arrests Tuesday, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    July 30, 2014

  • Suspect wanted for assault

    Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a suspect wanted for first-degree assault after he allegedly intentionally struck a woman with his vehicle while she was walking Tuesday — and then simply drove away.

    July 30, 2014

  • Laurel service station robbed

    A Laurel County service station was robbed Tuesday and a station employee is the suspected robber, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 30, 2014

  • Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    An arrest warrant has been issued for one of two defendants charged in several 2012 multi-vehicle crashes on I-75, which caused multiple injuries.

    July 30, 2014

  • Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site

    A big step was taken Tuesday by the Corbin Board of Education, in purchasing property and making improvements to the former Saint Camillus Academy site.

    July 30, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 30, 2014

    18 arrested in drug roundup

    Suspect wanted for assault

    Laurel service station robbed

    Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site

    July 30, 2014

  • I-75 lane closures Wednesday

    A reminder if you’ll be traveling on I-75 in Laurel County Wednesday — the state Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to restrict northbound and southbound traffic to one lane just north of exit 29.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 John Waite for web.jpg John Waite to perform at NIBROC

    Grammy nominated singer John Waite has joined the 2014 NIBROC musical lineup.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 gray crash for web.jpg U.S. 25E intersection site of Monday crash

    A woman was transported to Baptist Health Corbin Monday following a crash at the U.S. 25E and KY-233 intersection, according to Kentucky State Police Post 10 Public Information Officer Shane Jacobs.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Laurel School nurses to stay

    The Laurel County School System will keep its school nurses for the 2014-2015 school year.

    July 29, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter