attorney argued Bain is not a threat and asked the judge to put Bain on home
incarceration since he does not have much of a criminal history. The judge
denied that request.
attorney also called the tip police received manufactured and said "There
is now evidence that Mr. Bain went so far as to purchase a weapon and modified
it. We believe that's a valid threat to the community."
In the end, the judge increased Bain's $25,000
bond to $100,000.
school system said it is taking the threats seriously.
Spokesman Eric Farris said. "We're not blind to the fact that it's almost
the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Tragedy.”
said this situation has been deemed an isolated incident and the threat has
been effectively removed.
Mill Elementary had increased personnel and a larger police presence than usual
on Monday, but despite their best efforts to reassure parents the school is
safe, attendance was down 20 percent.
want students in school so that they can be learning," said Farris.
Superintendent Keith Davis released a statement saying that the district is
beginning expulsion proceedings against Bain.
is the full text of Davis' letter:
BCPS Staff and Community,
By now, most everyone in our
community has heard the news that an 18 year old teenager has been arrested for
terroristic threatening related to Old Mill Elementary School. We initially
learned of the investigation and arrest from the media on Sunday afternoon and
commend the Mt. Washington Police Department for their rapid response and subsequent
communication with district officials. Before making a broad statement, we
wanted to make sure that we had a solid understanding of the facts. The
individual alleged to have made the threat – Nick Bain - is in custody at the
Bullitt County Detention Center and poses no danger to the students of Bullitt
County Schools. He was arrested on Saturday four hours after MWPD received
a report of Mr. Bain making threats against an individual student and against
the school as a whole. It is our understanding that the threat was made several
weeks ago, but the person making the report felt it should have been taken
seriously only this weekend. According to court records, Bain was arraigned
this morning and is being held on a $100,000 full cash bond. It is up to the
Commonwealth's Attorney and the Bullitt County Grand Jury to determine his
legal fate at this point, but based on the allegations made in the arrest
report and from reports we have received from the County Attorney's office and
Mt. Washington Police Department, we will begin expulsion proceedings and, if
released from custody, he will receive educational services at an alternative
location. Through all this, we should be mindful that Mr. Bain has been
convicted of nothing and we will obviously reevaluate our response should
new information come to light.
School resumed as normal at
Old Mill Elementary School this morning, though attendance was only about
80%. Members of BCPS leadership team, Bullitt County Sheriff's Department,
Mt. Washington Police Department and school administrators were present to
greet, provide reassurance, and answer any questions from students, parents and
community members. The district is working in cooperation with local law
enforcement to ensure security and to exchange information throughout this
investigation. Mt. Washington Police department moved quickly to act upon
the reports made to apprehend the suspect and continues to work diligently to
protect the community. To our knowledge, the investigation has yielded no
other information to indicate that this event was anything other than an
isolated event from one individual.
Because of the current
situation and in light of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting
a year ago this week, added security measures are in place for all
schools. Local law enforcement will provide an increased presence at all
schools in Bullitt County during the next weeks. In the year since the
tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Bullitt County Schools has made extensive
modifications to a number of facilities and has refined and reinforced
practices to control access to each school including requiring all visitors to
present identification to the front office staff and state the reason for their
visit prior to gaining entry to the building. Additionally, all schools'
classroom doors are either locked or can be quickly locked during instruction
to provide additional security for our students. We have many avenues for
students to make known their fears and suspicions and our staff members are
constantly watchful for unusual behaviors. Our local law enforcement
agencies work closely with BCPS to plan for emergencies and are well prepared
to respond to an event should one happen in our schools. Despite the
terrible events we see across the country where children are harmed, research
shows that schools are a safer environment for students than anywhere
else. The absolute first priority of Bullitt County Schools is to provide
the safest environment possible in which to educate our students.