Lawrence middle school student allegedly threatens shooting during bus ride

photo by: Chris Conde

Southwest Middle School, 2018.

Story updated at 4:59 p.m. Thursday

A Southwest Middle School student allegedly threatened to shoot another student during the bus ride home from school on Monday, the Lawrence school district announced Thursday afternoon.

The Lawrence police department is helping the school investigate after a parent reported the incident to school staff Thursday, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said in a news release at 3:12 p.m. Thursday.

The victim thought that the student who allegedly made the threat may have had a weapon, Boyle said. The school has notified the families of both students and taken disciplinary action in accordance with board policy, she said. School administrators were also informing students, staff and parents of the investigation, Boyle said in the news release.

Additional information was not immediately available. Lawrence police were made aware of the allegation Thursday afternoon and began investigating the incident, Officer Derrick Smith told the Journal-World. No arrests had been made as of 4:56 p.m. Thursday, Smith said.

More coverage: Recent threats at Lawrence schools

Feb. 13, 2019 — Police, schools investigating Lawrence student’s report of threatening social media post

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’

More coverage: Recent gun incidents at LHS

Feb. 14 — Boy who took gun to LHS this week stole it from parent, charges allege

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


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