Students will not miss out on perfect attendance for missing school the day after a Facebook threat in which a person threatened to shoot students at a Warren County school.
The Warren County School Board has decreed students who missed Feb. 7 would not be held accountable for the day, something Director of Schools Bobby Cox said was very important for students who would otherwise have perfect attendance.
“We will waive that day for perfect attendance,” Cox said. “We can’t hold them accountable for something that was caused by the threat.”
There were 2,908 students absent Feb. 7, the day after the threat was made on Facebook. The Facebook terrorist, now identified as Reece Elliott, 24, of England, said in his post he would take his father’s gun, shoot him and then come to the school and shoot 200 students before killing himself.
Word of the post spread across social media here prompting a 700 percent spike in absentees the following day despite beefed up security on all school campuses. No one knew at that time the mysterious poster was not from this area.
It was two days later Elliott was arrested at his home in England. Elliot remains held without bond awaiting his next hearing later this month on charges of making malicious threats. He will likely face judgment in his native England rather then being extradited here to stand trial.
Given the fact no one knew how real the threat was on Feb. 7, the School Board felt it would be unfair to hold it against students who were afraid to come to school that day.
“It wasn’t their fault there was a threat,” board member Jeff Lee said.
The absence will be excused for only Feb. 7. Absentees were double their normal rate Feb. 8. Those absences will not be expunged.