Police, schools investigating Lawrence student’s report of threatening social media post

Lawrence High School, left, and Free State High School are pictured on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Story updated at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13:

Lawrence high school administrators and the Lawrence Police Department were investigating a student’s report of a threatening Snapchat post Wednesday afternoon, the district said in a news release.

A Free State High School student allegedly threatened to shoot an LHS student Wednesday at LHS, and that LHS student then reported the social media post to the school, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said in a release at 2:33 p.m.

Wednesday’s incident was the third involving a shooting threat or a gun in Lawrence schools reported to media in the span of about a week, as two students have reportedly brought loaded handguns to Lawrence High School on separate occasions.

The timing of Wednesday’s threat and when it was reported were somewhat unclear. Boyle told the Journal-World that the school learned of the threat Wednesday afternoon, but Lawrence Police Officer Derrick Smith told the Journal-World that the department was made aware of the threat at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Lawrence high schools are dismissed early on Wednesdays, at 2:30 p.m.

Boyle did not respond to an email seeking clarification Wednesday afternoon.

No arrests had been made as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Smith said.

Other details were not immediately available, including whether the threatening post was related to the recent gun incidents at LHS.

The district announced Tuesday night that administrators had requested an increased law enforcement presence on the LHS campus after those two incidents — one on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and one on Tuesday. That plan was already in place Wednesday before the reported threat, Boyle said in the release.

Smith did provide the Journal-World some new information about the two gun incidents.

In the first case, on Feb. 6, Smith said the gun was loaded with a magazine and a round in the chamber. In Tuesday’s case, the gun was loaded with a magazine, but there was not a round in the chamber. No additional ammunition was located in either case, Smith said.

More on recent gun incidents at LHS

Feb. 12 — Lawrence school district announces immediate actions to address gun incidents on campus

Feb. 12 — Lawrence High student allegedly brings gun to school; incident is second in a week, fifth in district in past year

Feb. 8 — Criminal charges filed against student who reportedly brought gun to LHS

Feb. 7 — Lawrence High student acted out in class before staff found gun in his bag, school district says

Feb. 6 — LHS student brought gun to school, Lawrence school district tells parents

Other recent threats at Lawrence schools

Feb. 6, 2019 — DA drops felony charge against Lawrence sixth-grader accused of school shooting threat

April 23, 2018 — Affidavit: Free State student charged with felony threat told police he’d had thoughts of ‘shooting up a school’

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