Student arrested after threat made to Olathe high school

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OLATHE, Kan. — In the shadow of the shooting at a high school in Arlington, Texas, a Johnson County, Kansas school district said it received a threat against one of its high schools.

According to police, they received a call Tuesday about a post on social media and investigated the threat.

The Olathe Police Department reported they arrested one juvenile overnight. A statement from the principal of Olathe South High School identified that individual as a student at the school.

Principal Dale Longenecker sent a letter home to parents letting them know that although they did not believe it was credible, it was reported and investigated.

Good evening Olathe South families,

I want to make you aware of information that we received this evening. A social media post with a threat against our school was posted this evening. We take any and all threats against our school and the safety and security of our staff and students very seriously. The Olathe Police Department took swift action and has identified the student. They are now working with the student and family.

While we believe this to be a non credible threat, the consequences of a threat of any fashion against our school is unacceptable and will be handled with great seriousness. Please take a moment to visit with your student about the poor choice, disruption and significant consequences that such messages cause our school community.

I appreciate the many reports we received from staff, parents and students.

We are planning for a great day at school tomorrow and look forward to seeing all of our students in attendance.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Dale Longenecker – Olathe South Principal

More specific information has not been shared by police or the district as the juvenile court authority is now handling potential charges. The student hasn’t been identified.

Classes continued Wednesday following that threat.

While the Olathe School District does have a safety reporting tool – where people can share information about threats through the district’s mobile app – this threat was reported directly to Olathe police.

According to the Olathe student code of conduct, this behavior could be considered a class-3 offense which – for high school students – could result in a punishment of suspension up to an expulsion.

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