Ashland man arrested after referencing Sandy Hook situation at school

Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods arrested an Ashland man who got angry during a parent-teacher conference on Monday and referenced the Sandy Hook school shooting. (Kentucky Today/Mark Maynard)
Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods arrested an Ashland man who got angry during a parent-teacher conference on Monday and referenced the Sandy Hook school shooting. (Kentucky Today/Mark Maynard)
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CANNONSBURG, Ky. (KT) – An Ashland man was arrested for terroristic threatening on Monday after making reference to a school shooting to a teacher at Boyd County Middle School.

 

Michael Adams, 43, became angry at a parent-teacher conference Monday afternoon and said to the teacher “we don’t want another Sandy Hook on our hands.”


The reference, said Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods, was to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 27 people were killed, including 20 first-graders. That was enough for him to take action.

 

“With shootings such as Sandy Hook, Columbine and the rest and the recent massacre of Las Vegas, this statement is something we didn’t take lightly,” Woods said. “We wanted to make sure all the students were safe.”


After the threat was made and reported, school officials called deputies who came and arrested Adams at his home in Cannonsburg.


Cannonsburg Elementary, the Boyd County Career and Technical Center and the district’s Hertiage Building, currently housing middle school students during renovation of Boyd County Middle School, were placed on precautionary lockdown by interim superintendent Bill Boblett.

 

No child was ever in harm’s way, Woods said. “After he was arrested, we lifted the lockdown.”


Adams was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. 

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