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Helias Catholic threat still under investigation

April 9, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

Officials at Helias Catholic High School said there has been no new developments into the investigation into a reported threat that led to the controlled evacuation of students on April 1.

In a letter sent to parents this week, administrators said they contacted the Jefferson City Police Department "after the discovery of a message written in a school restroom that expressed a time- sensitive threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff within the school building."

This led to school staff locking down the facilities and eventually a controlled dismissal of students with school staff and law enforcement watching the parking lots as students left.

Helias Catholic officials said they are continuing to work with JCPD to identify any individuals responsible for the threat.

"Please talk with your sons and daughters about what happened, what they have heard and what they might know that could aid in this ongoing investigation," school officials said in their letter to parents. "We ask that you reach out to school administration about any potentially relevant information. Please also help them (students) understand that sharing potentially untrue information within a wider community context could undermine the investigation and unfairly damage reputations. We value the input of all in our school community as we work to bring some resolution to the disruption in school culture that our students, families and staff have experienced over the past week."

School officials added they have invited students to reach out at any time if they would like to meet with a counselor or other trusted adult for support at school.

"This experience also affirms Helias Catholic's continued focus on strengthening security measures to maintain an environment that is a safe place to learn," the letter concluded.

Lt. David Williams, Jefferson City Police Department spokesman, said there was no information to release on the investigation Friday.

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