Student in custody after making threat at Park Hill High School

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two threats in 24 hours at Park Hill High School sent the school into lockdown Friday just a couple of hours before was dismissed for the weekend.

Twenty-five percent of the student body stayed home Friday because of a threat of violence Thursday afternoon, and then it happened again.

Park Hill Principal Dr. Brad Kincheloe notified parents via  a voice message, and about an hour before that call went out, the principal's voice came over the school intercom.

"We just went into the corner of the class and just turned off all the lights and put the blinds down and all of that and locked the doors and we had to stay quiet and all," said student Antonio Landaverde.

Other school shootings were racing through Landaverde's mind, worried about what may happen if this was the real thing.

"I am like what happens if it happens at this school and what would the families think, and how would they feel? And it would be sad if it actually happened," he said.

The only information the Park Hill School District is releasing is that Friday's threat was a threat of violence, but student chatter is that it may have been a bomb threat. District officials will not say if the student arrested had a weapon.

"It just causes everybody to get very worried about everything especially parents," said 11th grader Jessica Flanagan. "Parents should not have to deal with that around school because I thought school was supposed to be the safest place."

There was already extra police presence at Park Hill High School Friday because of Thursday's threat, a note found in the girl's bathroom after school containing a threat to shoot up the school.

Because of that, Flanagan was one of 488 students whose parents kept their children out of school Friday.

"One of my friends got out of an act practice test because there was not at all there was like 10, 12 people missing from his first class he said," said Flanagan. "I guess a lot of parents were worried too."

The only information being released about the student arrested is that he is a male. Police are investigating if the two threats are related.

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