A local teenager was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after admitting he told others he had a list of people he intended to harm.

Officials at Paducah Tilghman High School told Paducah police they were informed the youth had a "kill list" and that he intended to act on it Thursday. Detective Chelsee Breakfield conducted a number of interviews, then spoke with the 14-year-old and his father.

PTHS Principal Allison Stieg said the incident took place about noon Wednesday. She was out of town at a training session, but was able to handle the situation.

"A student had a close enough relationship with one of our faculty or staff members to let them know that they heard something, and that member relayed it to me," she said. "I called our dean and our school resource officer and brought them together, and I gave them the information.

"It comes down to our kids are at least starting to feel comfortable with 'If you see something, say something' and the relationships that our teachers and staff members are building with the kids, making them comfortable to come and talk with them."

The teen said the list wasn't real, but admitted he had threatened to bring a gun to school. The youth was taken into custody at 1 p.m. and transported to the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center. The investigation was turned over to the Paducah Police Department and is ongoing.

Another young teen in Kentucky was arrested Wednesday in a similar situation.

The Kentucky Enquirer reported that four juveniles have been arrested involving three separate shooting threats at Boone County schools since Saturday.

A 13-year-old Boone County boy was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening to shoot three eighth-grade girls and seventh-grade students in general at Ockerman Middle School. Two 14-year-old students at Ignite Institute were arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to shoot up the school, and a 13-year-old R.A. Jones Middle School student was arrested Saturday for allegedly saying he was going to shoot up the school.

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