A 17-year-old student has been charged with making a terroristic threat after he posted social media messages Wednesday saying there would be a mass shooting at Raymore-Peculiar High School on Thursday morning.
Detectives who searched the Raymore home of Daren A. Davis did not see any evidence that he actually intended to make such an attack, but the threat itself warranted his arrest, Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley said.
“Making a terroristic threat is an offense we take very seriously,” Hensley said in a prepared statement. “The safety of our children and everyone involved is a concern” for justice officials and the school district.
The district learned of the postings Wednesday night and notified Raymore police.
According to a district spokeswoman, the postings made at least one reference to Columbine, and the police investigation said the threats warned there would be a shooting at the high school Thursday morning.
The Ray-Pec School District worked with the Raymore and Peculiar police departments to investigate and determined that the threat was not credible, Superintendent Kari Monsees said in a televised news conference with Raymore and Peculiar police earlier Thursday.
“Any students involved in generating false rumors regarding school safety will be addressed through our discipline policy,” Monsees said.
When police visited with Davis at his residence, he originally said that he had heard about the threats but that he had heard them while riding a school bus, according to the police’s probable cause statement.
Davis voluntarily went to the Raymore Police Department, where he confessed to making the threats and said that he had acted alone, the statement said. He said he never intended to carry out any real assault.
“As with all threats of this nature, it was taken very seriously by everyone involved,” Raymore Police Capt. Roger Mayberry said. “However, after our investigation, it is our belief that none of the students or faculty at the school were in any real danger.”
The district had extra officers from the Raymore and Peculiar police departments and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at the school at 20801 S. School Road in Peculiar on Thursday morning.