Lawrence middle school student arrested after reportedly threatening school shooting
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Story last updated at 1:43 p.m. Friday
A middle school student was arrested overnight in Lawrence after reportedly threatening a school shooting.
Just before midnight Thursday, Lawrence police received a report that a Billy Mills Middle School student received multiple messages from another student threatening a school shooting, Officer Derrick Smith said Friday morning in an email to media.
Police identified and contacted the student who allegedly made the threats, Smith said. Based on what the department learned in its investigation, that student was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
Police have informed school district officials that the student — who allegedly made threats about bringing guns and shooting people on the last day of school — was arrested, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said in an email Friday morning. She said the school then notified its staff and families about the police matter.
Boyle said school staff would follow up with the student and their parents and “take disciplinary action in accordance with Board Policy.”
Asked whether the report was affecting operations at Billy Mills Middle School Friday morning, Boyle replied: “Anytime a threat is made it affects a school community. Our school staff does a remarkable job of supporting students’ emotional needs and maintaining a school routine conducive to learning.”
Boyle said the district appreciated that the threat was reported to police and that they took “swift action” in investigating it.
She said the district encourages students, parents or others to continue to report any safety concerns to school officials or police.
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has requested reports from police and will review them and make a charging decision, trial assistant Dorothy Kliem said, in an email. She said there would not be a court hearing before next week.