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Covington Catholic High School Closed Tuesday, Principal Cites Security Concerns

Posted: 7:20 AM, Jan 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-22 07:31:46-05

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. ( WXIX )– Officials say Covington Catholic High School is closed Tuesday over security concerns.

This comes after a group of students from the school were accused of mocking a Native American elder on a field trip to the March of Life rally in Washington D.C.

“After meeting with local authorities, we have made the decision to cancel school and be closed on Tuesday, January 22, in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” reads a letter obtained by WXIX from the school’s principal.

“All activities on campus will be cancelled for the entire day and evening. Students, parents, faculty and staff are not to be on campus for any reason. Please continue to keep the Covington Catholic Community in your prayers.”

Earlier in the morning, it was not clear if the closure was due to security or bitterly cold temperatures.

The school was among many operating on a delay until the closure was announced about 6 a.m. Dixie Heights and all Kenton County Schools also are closed as well.

Originally, extra security was to be in place the high school when students returned to campus after threats were made against the school and its students over the weekend.