School threats prompt heightened security across Kansas

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School officials in several Kansas districts have beefed up their security following threats in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Florida.

An assembly at North High School was canceled after rumors of a threat on social media. A USD 259 spokesperson said no credible threat was found.

Wichita police also say that a Bishop Carroll student was arrested Friday for threatening violence at a school. The school was not in session because of conferences. 

Bishop Carroll student arrested for threat on social media

Dodge City

Police in Dodge City say they received a tip Friday morning about a threat made to the local high school. A 17-year-old suspect was located at home and arrested for criminal threat. 

"We have no reason to believe there is any further threat to any of the schools in the district," the department said on Facebook. "Thank you to the anonymous tipster for having the courage to say something."


In Salina, KSAL reports police stepped up patrols after a note was found on a bathroom wall at Lakewood Middle School. The note, which was found Thursday afternoon, warned of a possible school shooting. 

“The middle school resource officer is going to be stationed at Lakewood all day today, as opposed to floating back and forth between South Middle and Lakewood,” Captain Paul Forrester said.

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The Emporia Police Department says Crime Stoppers received a tip about a Snapchat post. Police discovered it was a re-posting of a Snapchat originating in South Carolina.

"The same post was on other social media sites and national news outlets," Emporia police said on Facebook. "Locally detectives ... determined the student made no direct threats and he has no means for carrying out harm in such a manner as depicted by the social media posts."

The school district said administration, staff and security officers are aware of the situation and will continue to monitor student and staff safety as a priority, KTKA reports.

“The Emporia Police Department understands everyone’s emotions are on high alert. We always say, “See something, say something!”

Oklahoma threat

The Bel Aire Police Department also received information late Thursday about a possible threat involving Northeast Magnet High School and John Marshall School in the Wichita district.

"During the investigation of this threat, officers were directed to the Oklahoma City Police Department," Bel Aire police said in a news release. " was discovered that the school district there had received the same threats containing the same information."

A suspect was taken into custody in Oklahoma City, KOCO reports 

Police and USD 259 security have increased their presence at those Wichita schools as well.

The threats come after 17 students were killed and others were injured in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.

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