Wichita student on school threats: 'It can't be taken as a joke'

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Alejandra Ramirez, junior at Wichita North High School Alejandra Ramirez, junior at Wichita North High School

Days after 17 people were killed at a high school in Florida, Wichita Public Schools responded to several threats and rumors at its campuses.

It was unsettling for parents to receive a notification about a threat at Southeast High School. 

"It's horrible as a parent to have to deal with it and interrupt a child's education," said Southeast High parent Sarah Tate.  

USD 259 is investigating a threat on social media. Students say the Snapchat message said, "Southeast will be getting shot up today no exceptions y'all mark n----- gon get it." Police were working to determine its source. 

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Just before lunch, Tate, like many other parents, were at the school picking up their kids. 

"No parent wants to take that risk. I'm not going to take that risk of it being fake and then it end's like Florida." 

This isn't the only threat or rumor that Wichita Public Schools responded to on Friday. 

Executive Director of Safety Services Terri Moses said a rumor was circulating that there was going to be a shooting at Southeast High School. 

"About 2 a.m. this morning we were able to determine the threat possibly originated out of some schools in Oklahoma," she said.

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The district brought out its metal detectors and had more officers on campus as a precaution. 

And a North High School, the principal was forced to cancel Friday's pep rally after yet another threat.

"Today we received a threat that there was going to be a bombing at the pep assembly so the school decided to cancel that," North High junior Alejandra Ramirez said. 

She said she feels safe but takes every threat seriously. 

"Yes, it does make me scared because it is a serious thing. It's a serious matter. It can't be taken as a joke, especially with everything that has been going on."

North High uses metal detectors whenever there's a threat and at sporing events, like Friday night's basketball games.

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