(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph police have confirmed a vague threat of possible violence targeting Central High School was not credible.
The St. Joseph School District release a statement Wednesday stating they were investigating a threat made to Central High School. The district received a screenshot of a message shared via Snapchat stating “Be ready central high school. F*** you.” The screenshot was then circulated on other social media sites before it was reported to local law enforcement by concerned parents and students.
An investigation into the source and potential threat of violence was taken on by the district, school resource officers and various other officers within the department.
The school district released a statement Thursday stating that after the investigation it was discovered that the threat had originated in West Virginia and was most likely in reference to a different Central High School.
Sergeant James Langston said despite the incident being a resolved without conflict, it was a testament to the collaborative efforts between the school district and law enforcement in the event of an actual emergency.
“Even though this wasn’t a credible threat, we still look at this as a positive. To me it shows the public how us and the school district take threats to our children very seriously,” Langston said.
Langston said student safety in St. Joseph schools is a top priority for the police department and encourages anyone with concerns about safety in the district to contact school officials and police immediately.
“The public can rest assured that if someone makes a threat towards one of our local schools, we will arrest that person and we will insure they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety and security of our children are our number one priority,” Langston said.
The school officials said while there is no threat to St. Joseph schools, the district will be taking extra precautions by an increased law enforcement presence when students return to school.
“As a continued precaution, officers will maintain a high presence at our local schools, for the next few days. To help insure the safety and security of the students as well as other administrators within the school,” Langston said.