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Turner High School receives extra protection after weekend shooting

Turner High School, 2211 S. 55th St. in Kansas City, Kan.
Turner High School, 2211 S. 55th St. in Kansas City, Kan. The Kansas City Star

Turner High School in Kansas City, Kan., was under increased police protection Tuesday after rumors circulated that people angered over the shooting death of 16-year-old Kahlif L’ron Hampton last weekend might seek retaliation.

Turner School District assistant superintendent Jason Dandoy sent a letter to parents advising them that police presence was increased and the school was keeping watch over students, but “there is no credible threat at this time.”

The district asked parents to talk with their children and to monitor their online conversations. Parents and students are being asked to report any concerns to school administrators. About a third of the students at the school were absent Tuesday, the district said.

“Some families have chosen to pick up their children,” Dandoy said in an email to The Star, “although most students are moving on with their school day as normal.”

No incidents were reported Tuesday, Dandoy said. As a precaution, the school will use metal detectors for the rest of the week.

Police reported that Hampton, of Kansas City, Kan., was shot Friday night in the 800 block of North 70th Terrace. He died Sunday.

To reach Joe Robertson, call 816-234-4789 or send email to jrobertson@kcstar.com.

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