14-year-old Raytown student is arrested for online threats against school

Raytown police said Monday they have arrested a 14-year-old female Raytown School District student in connection with social media threats against local schools.

The threats of violence were conveyed with images of firearms taken from Snapchat and posted on Facebook Sunday. On Monday, police said the student actually had no firearms and there was no immediate danger associated with the threats.

School district officials said the 14-year-old was a middle school student.

Police said they received hundreds of phone calls about the threats Sunday and worked with Snapchat and the FBI to identify the source. The threats were similar to those received by other area school districts in recent days, police and the school district said.

Police said the student did not possess any firearms and had taken the images from another social media account from another state. Detectives arrested the student shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.

"The student admitted that she made the threat because she did not want to go to school today," Raytown police said in a written statement Monday. "There is no evidence of any other threat to safety associated with this incident."

The student did not attend school Monday or get on a school bus, police said. She was taken to the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center.

The Kansas City Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also helped with the investigation, according to police.