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School Districts Beef Up Security After Rumors, Threats

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Law enforcement and several Jackson County school districts have teamed up to prevent school violence after recent threats and rumors. But their message is loud and clear -- that violence will not be tolerated.

Police said there's been at least one arrest after a violent threat was made locally. Schools around the area continue to pick up on rumors of violence planned for Friday, one week after the Newtown, Conn. shootings.

Despite the rumors, school officials said your children are safe and threatening behavior has not been overlooked.

"We want to send a message that there is zero tolerance for unacceptable behavior and threats in or towards our schools or other gathering places," said Independence Police Chief Tom Daley.

School officials from Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Independence and Raytown have come together with local, state and federal police to make sure communication with parents stays open and that everyone feels safe.

"People that are volunteering in our schools have background checks, visitors to the building are escorted to the place they are supposed to go, they are not allowed to freely roam the school.Doors inside the building are locked in the school day," Dr. Allan Markley with the Raytown School District said.

In Independence, it's a "fluid conversation" about safety, superintended Dr. Jim Hinson told FOX 4.

"This week we have conversations with all the secretaries in the buildings, just recommendations from them, they've been telling us maybe we should consider this or doing something differently," he said.

Despite the rumors, school officials said they're confident students will be safe, and to expect to see a more visible presence of security in parking lots, especially on Friday.

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