Police: Threat at Belton middle school not credible

BELTON, Mo. - There will be an increased police presence on the last day of classes at a Belton middle school after a student was overheard making threats.

A student at Yeokum Middle School told their parents they overheard another student threatening that something would happen Friday.

Parents contacted school leaders, who verified the information with four other students.

“We had some students who overheard a threat of someone bringing a weapon or gun to school that was going to hold up a class," Belton Superintendent Dr. Andrew Underwood said.

The district got the Belton Police Department involved and sent an alert to parents.

Administration has just been made aware of a rumored safety threat toward students and/or staff at the middle school tomorrow, Friday, May 30. We are currently following up on all information to determine the level of threat. Belton police have been notified and are currently investigating information that has been provided. If you have any information, please contact the Belton Police Department at 331-5522. We will notify you with additional information as we receive it.Police have interviewed seven students.

Dr. Underwood said there could be consequences after the police investigation.

“It's very serious and disruptive and just creates havoc, therefore there would be consequences and those consequences could be served at the beginning of next year,” Dr. Underwood said.

Friday morning, the district said the Belton Police Department had concluded their investigation and identified the student. They said the threat is not credible.

Classes will resume as usual Friday, but parents will see increased security throughout the day.

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