Person in custody after threat was made toward KCK high school, police say

Kansas City, Kansas, police said one person was in custody after a threat was made on social media toward a high school.

In a joint news release with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools Police Department, police said they received reports late Thursday evening about an alleged threat made toward J.C. Harmon High School.

The police department said various departments began investigating, and safety plans were put in place for students coming to school Friday. A letter to parents from Principal Geoffrey Markos said classes were scheduled to go on as planned and additional police officers would be in and around the building.

One person, a juvenile, was taken into custody in connection to the incident, police and a district spokesperson said on Friday.

“The safety of our schools and community is a top priority and any kind of posts that are threatening or perceived as bullying on any social media platform is taken seriously,” the police department said in a news release. “Both Departments would like to remind parents to observe and be aware of your child’s online activity. Bad online conduct lives permanently on the internet.”

No further information was released.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.