Teen arrested in western KY school threat

MAYFIELD, KY (AP) - A 16-year-old has been arrested in what law enforcement officials described as a shooting threat at a western Kentucky high school.

Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon told WPSD-TV in Paducah that the teen was arrested Friday morning and charged with felony terroristic threatening and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Redmon said the threat arose when the teen and another student got into a fight and the teen threatened to bring a gun to Graves County High School. Redmon says there was never a gun on school property.

Superintendent Pete Galloway said about 500 students, one-third of the total student body, were absent or left early on Friday. Galloway says those absences will be excused.

The teen is due in court in McCracken County on Thursday.

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