Threat at Goddard High School under investigation

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GODDARD, Kan. -- Students at Goddard High School were met with a heightened police presence Friday morning, the day after a potential threat was reported.

District leaders say the extra police officers were brought in simply as a precaution. They say they had already taken action Thursday to prevent any "inappropriate activity from occurring."

"We just wanted the (students) to know we understood they might feel uncomfortable and we wanted to give them that level of comfort and make sure there were people there they could talk to," said Annette Singletary, the USD 265 spokeswoman.

Goddard's school district police department received word of the potential threat late Thursday afternoon when a parent contacted the school, Chief Ronny Lieurance said. He says the parent had made a discovery away from the school.

"We are very grateful the people who learned about it notified the school officials right away so that they could deal with it and take care of it," Singletary said.

District police and district leaders say they can't comment on the specifics of the threat because the investigation is ongoing. But they say the threat could have "potentially affected some Goddard High School students."

Singletary says almost immediately after receiving word of the threat, they notified parents through the district's email notification system.

"We wanted parents to know there was a situation, potentially, and that it was taken care of and everything is fine," Singletary said.

Jessica Carlson is one of the parents who received that email Thursday night. She says the district handled the situation well.

Even so, she says, knowing there was a threat is frightening.

"I was just scared," Carlson said.

She says when she received the email, one of her daughters was still on campus in the school play.

"I emailed right back and asked if my daughter was O.K. since she was at the play. They replied immediately and said, 'Yes. Everything was fine.'"

As of Friday afternoon, no one had been arrested, Lieurance said. But he says the student involved with the threat was not at school Friday and "won't be there for the foreseeable future."

Lieurance says district police are expected to meet with the District Attorney's office next week to discuss possible charges.

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Here is the email that was sent to parents Thursday by Principal Doug Bridwell:

Late today we were made aware of a situation that had the potential to be threatening to some Goddard High School students. School officials were notified of the issue and were able to prevent inappropriate activity from occurring.

We are grateful that those who learned of the situation immediately notified school officials so prompt action could be taken. The situation is being investigated and will be handled in accordance with school district policies and procedures.

Please be assured that the safety and security of our students and staff is always our highest priority. We take every potential threat seriously and we follow up on information provided to us.


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