Raytown police investigating threat to schools on Snapchat

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- The Raytown School District is taking precautionary measures after an apparent threat directed at Raytown schools appeared online Sunday.

FOX4 received numerous tips from concerned parents after an anonymous user posted images on Snapchat of a gun and ammunition clips, along with an overt threat to Raytown schools. The person seemed to be blaming bullying for the threat.

This was one of the posts put on Snapchat, along with another that showed a gun and then another that said 'Snitch on me and I will blow the whole..building up.

The images were quickly circulated on other social media outlets.

FOX4 reached out to Raytown Police, who said they were notified of the threats around 2:55 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and have since received hundreds of calls.

Police said an investigation is currently underway and they are working with the Raytown School District, adding that the credibility of the threat is undetermined at this time, but they take all threats of this nature very seriously.

FOX4 has reached out to Raytown School District, but has not yet heard back.

Last week, two other area school districts found themselves calling police to investigate threats. Park Hill High School left a message with parents, saying a student had been removed from the school after making a threat on social media. Kansas City, Kan., School District also alerted families on Friday about recent threats on social media.

Neither Raytown Schools nor Raytown Police have indicated whether they had identified the person posting the threat and been in contact with him/her.

FOX4 is working to learn more information and will update this story as details emerge. Check back for the latest information.

Anyone with information on the source of the threats is asked to call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-8477.

It's FOX 4's practice to evaluate threats before reporting them; knowing threats often produce copycats and knowing also that some who make the threats do so for fame or their own amusement, motivations that should not be encouraged with publicity.

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