Two students arrested for threat toward Park Hill South

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RIVERSIDE, Mo. — According to Park Hill South High School, two students were arrested Sunday night for threats directed toward the school.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Department investigated the reports of specific and credible threats from the students and took the students into custody.

There are significant legal and criminal consequences for threatening a school, and while we cannot talk about any specific student’s discipline, we can tell you that we have policies that prohibit threats, and the consequences for any student violating these policies are very serious and could include long-term suspension or expulsion.

Principal Kerrie Herren – Park Hill South

The students have not been identified and it is unclear what the exact threat consisted of.

Many parents are still raising questions about the threat.

“Just wanted to know what was going on and how I was going to have that conversation with my child and not having the answers to do so, it was really concerning,” parent Jenni Haskett said.

Some parents didn’t send their child to school because of what some parents are saying is a lack of transparency.

Sunday night families received an email saying police were working to ensure the students and staff would be safe after a threat was made.

But some parents feel like the email wasn’t an effective way to let the know what was going on.

“All I want is for the school to keep our kids safe which they are doing,” Jeremy Burnett, A Parent, said. “They have received the threats, they have assessed them, but communication could be a little more clear since my child does go to that school as well as everybody else’s children.”

Burnett said he would’ve preferred the school give parents some kind of clue on what type of threat was made and send a message through its automated system versus an email.

He said he only found out about the threat when another parent sent him a screen shot of the email Monday morning.

“As soon as I received that email I went and pulled him out of school,” Burnett said.

Monday morning the school sent an email saying two students from the high school were arrested in connection to the threat and will be facing consequences.

Parents are hoping this sparks change within the district after weeks of tension.

The district said some consequences the two students can face are long term suspension or expulsion.

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