Fall­out from threat closes Kansas Schools

■ School of­fi­cials closed school on Fri­day be­cause of de­clin­ing at­ten­dance.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - By Sheila Stogs­dill Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

KANSAS, Okla. — A Delaware County school has de­cided not to hold classes on Fri­day due to de­clin­ing at­ten­dance af­ter so­cial me­dia re­ported a school

We are tak­ing the threats se­ri­ously, but we haven’t found any­thing cred­i­ble. But we are tak­ing se­ri­ous steps.” — Mike Wilk­er­son, Kansas Po­lice chief

shoot­ing was planned on Fri­day.

“There was noth­ing to it,” said Phil Isom, High School prin­ci­pal, re­fer­ring to the school shoot­ing threats.

“There was in­ac­cu­rate re­port­ing on Face­book and it just took off,” Isom said. “We have in­ves­ti­gated and found no cred­i­ble threats.”

The Kansas Po­lice De­part­ment is mak­ing checks through­out the day, he said.

“They con­tinue to be in and out of the school’s build­ings check­ing every­thing,” Isom said.

The 900-stu­dent pop­u­la­tion on three cam­puses was down by over onethird on Thurs­day, said Kansas Po­lice Chief Mike Wilk­er­son.

“We are tak­ing the threats se­ri­ously, but we haven’t found any­thing cred­i­ble,” Wilk­er­son said. “But we are tak­ing se­ri­ous steps.”

The cul­prit be­hind the so­cial me­dia ex­plo­sion was a fight on school grounds on Mon­day, Wilk­er­son said.

“The fight was about a boy cheat­ing on his girl­friend,” Wilk­er­son said.

Two, pos­si­bly three, teach­ers were hurt in the mêlée and were taken to a doc­tor’s of­fice for treat­ment, he said.

On Tues­day, the first threat sur­faced and spread from there, he said. Par­ents started post­ing on a so­cial net­work­ing site they were tak­ing their chil­dren out of school be­cause they feared for their safety, Wilk­er­son said.

“Then it es­ca­lated to a school shoot­ing planned for Fri­day,” Wilk­er­son said.

The threats af­fected all three cam­puses, he said.

Two, pos­si­bly three, of the girls in­volved in the school fight live in a group home, Wilk­er­son said.

“They went to the doc­tor in Tulsa and es­caped,” Wilk­er­son said. “We think they are in Ok­la­homa City.”

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