Community reacts to Anderson and Shelby Co. school threats
ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. - It's been a tough day for the communities of Anderson and Shelby counties, as they learned the disturbing details of how close a school threat came to actually happening.
Kentucky State Police arrested 20-year-old Dylan Jarrell on Thursday for terroristic threatening and harassing communications. Troopers said he was caught backing out of his driveway "with the tools needed to commit this heinous act" at Anderson County Schools. He threatened Shelby County Schools as well.
Many parents cannot believe this situation could have occurred.
"I just think it's scary for me to have to worry about sending my kids to school," said Saundra Atkins, a parent. "It's starting to happen more and more. I don't know. I just worry about the safety of my kids."
School officials and Kentucky State Police have been in close contact all day on Friday assessing the situation. Officials are having extra police on hand at the Anderson County vs. Madison Southern football game Friday evening.
Some students are still worried.
"I just am really scared now because of all the threats, not just this one," said Raph Antone, a middle school student. "We've had plenty where we've sat in lockdown, and we were even afraid to go to lunch."
Anderson County Schools were canceled on Friday, but did allow after-school activities to continue despite the threats.