Independence police investigating school threat

Posted at 8:27 PM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-29 11:06:11-04

UPDATE, Oct. 29 | The school district identified the student who sent a threatening message and that student will face consequences "pursuant to board policy."

"The district appreciates the Independence Police Department's quick response and assistance in determining where the threat originated," a district spokesperson said in a statement to KSHB 41 News.

A Facebook post from the police department was updated to say that the student was taken into custody and charges are pending.

ORIGINAL STORY, Oct. 28 | The Independence Police Department is working to investigate the validity of a threat made against the Independence School District Thursday night.

Officers were made aware of a social media post threatening gun violence Friday at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, according to an IPD Facebook post.

For added security, extra officers will be assigned to the school Friday.

Anyone with knowledge of who posted the threat is asked to contact the IPD information desk at 816-325-7300 or dispatch directly at 816-836-3600.

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