Teen accused of making false claim about Staley High School threat

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Staley High School

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Staley High School Principal Clark Mershon sent a message to the Staley community on Tuesday, telling them that a student is under investigation, accused of filing a false claim about a threat on the school, which he says is a violation of the Safe Schools Act.

North Kansas City School District spokesperson Michelle Cronk confirmed a 15-year-old student was arrested but would not say if the student was male or female.

On Monday, a number of Staley High School students were alarmed over reports and rumors that a fellow student had threatened violence at the school. Parents called the office and administration, wanting to know why they hadn’t been informed of the threat and wondering what they were doing about the student who allegedly made the threat.

FOX 4 reached out to Cronk on Monday, who said the threat was not substantiated, but that there would be extra security officers at the school as a cautionary measure.

The social media chatter on Monday continued, even after the Clay County Sheriff’s office sent out messages that the threat was investigated and considered ‘non-credible.’

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Mershon sent the following message to Staley families:

I wanted to inform you of an incident that happened at school today. This is separate from the incident we reported to you earlier this week.Unfortunately we had a student take advantage of that situation to make a false claim. Clay County Sheriff and the Kansas City police dept. have investigated and determined that this is an unsubstantiated and non-credible claim.

There was no weapon. No legitimate risk. Sadly, today’s issue was a violation of the Safe Schools Act by the student and a poor decision on their part.  Staley is always and remains a safe environment for our students.

Please know that North Kansas City Schools takes all reports of wrongdoing, whether by teachers staff or students, very seriously. The district cooperates fully with all investigations and works to ensure all matters are appropriately resolved, regardless of the situation, the safety and security of the students is top priority.

Staley High School strives to keep our families informed of happenings at school. Sadly in the era of the 24 hour news cycle and social media, it is rare when we have the opportunity to alert you before you see it on TV, Facebook or Twitter. That is regrettable, but I hope you trust us to tell you what we can, when we can.

If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to call myself or another member of our administrative team.

Authorities did not identify the student who they say made the false claim or specify what disciplinary action would be taken.