Sheriff: ‘Incident’ in McCracken County HS library was hoax

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — In an announcement of a harassment charge against a McCracken County High School teacher, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department also addressed a December incident at the school that Local 6 viewers have asked us about.

In December, school resource officers looked into a report that students had sexual contact in the school library and a video of the incident was shared among many students. Friday, Sheriff Matt Carter says that incident was a staged hoax.

Carter says in December school resource officers informed sheriff’s detectives about the incident and their investigation.

“It was unequivocally determined through that investigation that NO sexual act occurred, and the widespread recording was of two students that had staged the incident to make those that saw the video believe a sexual act had occurred,” Carter said in Friday’s announcement.

Carter says “the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office also believes no criminal act occurred, from the information that detectives received and gathered.”

The hoax was handled administratively within the school, Carter says. “We did confirm with school officials that, as a result of that hoax, the decision was made to make alterations to the school library (shorten book shelves), preventing students from being able to be concealed as a (precaution),” he says.