Henry Clay students return Friday for ‘normal’ day with increased police presence

Henry Clay students return Friday for ‘normal’ day with increased police presence
Published: Oct. 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - School went on as it normally would Friday at Henry Clay High School. However, there was an increased police presence and counselors were at the school to provide support.

Police say a 15-year-old student brought a loaded gun to school on Thursday. The situation caused the school to go on lockdown for hours.

Right now, Fayette County Public Schools police say this is still an ongoing investigation. As of Thursday, police say the student who brought the gun is being charged with possession of a weapon on school property.

There is still a question of how this handgun got into the building. The district says they have a 10-point safety plan, which includes metal detectors and bag checks.

At the news conference, watch that below, Superintendent Demetrus Liggins says the safety plan is now under review.

After we spoke with many of the parents after the lockdown, they say security is one of their main concerns, many of them saying they wouldn’t be sending their kids to school on Friday.

Matt Stacy’s daughter attends Henry Clay High School and decided to keep her home Friday.

“They mentioned that they didn’t know how the loaded weapon that was on the kid got into the school. I was not sending my kid to school, without any information,” Stacy said.

Some parents of students who did not attend school told WKYT they received an automated phone call saying it was an ‘unexcused absence.’

We have reached out to FCPS to get more information and answers on the ongoing investigation, but we still have not received a response. The district also hasn’t provided attendance numbers for Henry Clay on Friday.

Henry Clay lockdown update

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Posted by WKYT on Thursday, October 27, 2022