Suspect in Plaza Middle School threat comes forward

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The student accused of making a threat in the bathroom of Plaza Middle School came forward to Thursday, according to a post on Park Hill School District’s Facebook page.

The following message went to Plaza families from Principal Dr. Lezlee Ivy via phone message and email:

Hello, this is Lezlee Ivy, your child’s principal at Plaza.

Yesterday, I told you about a threat we found. Today, I’m calling to let you know that the student who wrote the threat came forward.

We appreciate the fast, effective response from the Kansas City Police Department and the Platte County Sheriff’s Department to keep our school safe. I’m also grateful for the good work of my team who helped with this investigation and made sure our students felt safe at school today.

You probably have a lot of questions, so please know that we cannot legally share any details about this student or the discipline that results from this incident, and we are still working with the police as they wrap up their investigation.

Thank you for your support as we work to keep Plaza safe.

Then the following message went out to the whole district via email, the website, text, Facebook and Twitter:

This morning, the student who wrote a threat in the bathroom yesterday at Plaza Middle School came forward.

In both the case at Plaza and the case at Park Hill South, we appreciated the fast, effective response from local law enforcement to keep our schools safe, including the Riverside Police Department, the Kansas City Police Department and the Platte County Sheriff’s Department.

We are also thankful for our administrative teams, who immediately took steps to implement our crisis response plans and investigate these threats.

And most of all, we thank the students who came forward to report these threats and keep their schools safe.

We are still offering emotional support to students, even though the danger has passed. If you know of a student who has concerns, please encourage them to visit a counselor or other trusted adult at school.

You probably have a lot of questions, so please know that we cannot legally share any details about the students who wrote these threats or the discipline that will result according to our policies, and we are still working with the police as they wrap up their investigations.

School officials did not reveal exactly what that threat said, but it comes a couple days after another threat was found on the bathroom wall at Park Hill South High School.

In the Facebook post, the district says they will continue to offer emotional support to students.

“We cannot legally share any details about the students who wrote these threats or the discipline that will result according to our policies,” the district said in their Facebook post.