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JCPS officials investigate social media threats

JCPS officials investigate social media threats

No legitimate threat to student safety, they say

February 28th, 2019 by News Tribune in Local News

Jefferson City Public Schools (JCPS)

Jefferson City Public Schools said at about noon Thursday that there was no danger to student safety after high school administrators became aware of threats made on social media.

JCPS Director of Communications Ryan Burns shared a statement that had been sent to Jefferson City High School parents and JCPS staff Thursday morning, and had since been posted to the district's social media:

"Administrators at Jefferson City High School became aware of threats made by a student on social media yesterday (February 27). Upon learning of these threats, the student was immediately detained, an investigation was done, and law enforcement was notified.

"It was quickly determined that there is no legitimate threat to student safety. Law enforcement is conducting a full and thorough investigation. The student is not at school today, and upon conclusion of the law enforcement investigation, appropriate administrative action will be taken.

"JCPD and the staff of Jefferson City High School took, and will continue to take, all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff; actions taken up to this point have fully addressed any threat that existed. As always, we will continue to work with the Jefferson City Police Department and members of our community to address issues as they arise.

"We understand there may be further rumors being spread about this incident which are completely false. To reiterate, there is no threat to student safety at this time."