Four FCPS schools evacuated over bomb threats

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Frederick Douglass is among the four schools evacuated.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Four FCPS schools have been evacuated.

School officials say “out out of an abundance of caution,” they evacuated Frederick Douglass, Henry Clay, Lafayette, and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools after receiving bomb threats against those facilities.

They say law enforcement officers are inspecting the buildings for any potential threats. According to school officials, complete inspection of the buildings will take law enforcement several hours.

Students will remain at the stadiums until the end of the school day, at which time the schools will follow regular dismissal procedures. School officials say they are asking families not to come to campus.

“It was kind of scary because you don’t know what’s happening,” said Frederick Douglass sophomore Preston Howard. “You don’t really know what’s going to go on so you’re just sitting there with no answers, and you have a bunch of questions that you can’t get answered.”

School officials say all athletic activities are canceled Tuesday night. This includes games, home and away, and practices.

Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins released this statement to parents:

Dear Fayette County Public Schools Families:

In issues of health and safety, we will always communicate directly and honestly with our families. We are writing to make you aware that out of an abundance of caution we are evacuating Frederick Douglass, Henry Clay, Lafayette, and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools after receiving bomb threats against those facilities.

Law enforcement officers are inspecting the buildings for any potential threat before students and staff will be allowed to return. We will keep you updated on this developing situation.

Demetrus Liggins, PhD

FCPS officials say they will hold a press briefing at 4:30 p.m. ET with Superintendent Liggins and FCPS Police Chief Martin Schafer.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 56 for updates.

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