Police and school district officials are investigating a social media threat warning of a possible shooting Monday at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, according to a district official.
District officials notified families on Sunday that it had learned that a post on social media was threatening violence at the high school at 2501 Minnesota Ave, said Sharita Hutton, director of communications and marketing for Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools.
The district learned of the threat to “shoot up Wyandotte High School” on Sunday, according to a letter from Wyandotte High School’s principal Mary Stewart that was sent to families.
“We are working closely with KCKPS PD, KCKPD and local intelligence agencies to investigate the source of this threat,” Stewart said in the letter. “Additionally, KCKPS PD officers will be present at Wyandotte High School early tomorrow morning and throughout the day.”
“The safety and health of our students and staff remain a top priority. We are equally concerned about this threat and will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to find out the legitimacy of this post and its source.”
The threats are similar to other threats that other districts in the Kansas City metro area have been having to deal with lately, Hutton said. The district is working closely with authorities to determine if they are credible and who is responsible for making them.
“We have notified our students and families about the threats and that we’re taking them seriously,” she said.
Last week, police and district officials investigated threats of violence written in restrooms at Blue Springs South High School.
The first threat was found scrawled a bathroom of the high school at 1200 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway on Tuesday. The second threat was found Thursday in another bathroom.
The student responsible for the second threat had been identified, according to a letter principal Ryan Gettings sent to parents. The district’s department of public safety was working with Blue Springs police to investigate the threats.
Meanwhile in Independence, a Bridger Middle School student threatened over social media to bring a gun to school and harm a school staff member.
The student said in a threat, circulated over the social media app Snapchat, that they would bring a gun to school Friday.
School resource officers and the Independence school district spoke to several parents and students during the investigation. Additional officers were sent to the school on Friday.
As of Friday evening, the threat was deem not credible by police.
The threats come on the heals of the Nov. 30 school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan that left four students dead and six others students and a teacher wounded.