Panic, but no credible threat from YHS essay

A few detailed and violent paragraphs of an essay turned in weeks ago as a Youngsville High School English assignment caused panic at the school on Friday, but district and law enforcement officials gave assurances there was no need for alarm.

Hundreds of students were reportedly taken out of school by parents after rumors spread that a student had written about shooting up the school.

“This morning the Sheriff along with deputies responded to the Youngsville High School along with other law enforcement concerning alleged threats at the school,” according to a statement posted on the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “These threats were not credible.”

The details in the essay included particular weapons, the time of day, and the number of people, including police officers, who were killed in the attack. The portion of the essay that was reportedly made public on social media did not include the line later in the essay, “The above is fictitious,” Warren County School District Superintendent Dr. William Clark said Friday afternoon. Nor did those who spread the rumor relate that the essay was written about video games and school violence.

The existence of the essay was not a surprise in the district. “Administration was made aware of this essay at the beginning of March,” according to a release issued Friday by Director of Administrative Support Services Amy Stewart. “A YHS student had written a persuasive essay for English class that contained two paragraphs that could be considered a threat.”