Seaman Unified School District 345 officials have informed parents that there has been another social media threat this week that is “somewhat linked to Seaman High School” but hasn’t targeted any of the district’s schools.
Candace LeDuc, USD 345’s spokeswoman, said she sent the following statement to parents on Thursday morning:
“We have been made aware of another rumored threat that is somewhat linked to Seaman High School without targeting any of our schools. Law enforcement is investigating and will let us know if they feel our students and/or staff are in any danger,” she said in the statement.
A Seaman High School student has been charged with making a criminal threat on Monday on the social media platform Snapchat, mentioning Columbine High School, the site of the 1999 mass school shooting.
“We understand many of you are frustrated that you are finding out about threats on social media before you are alerted by the school. Please know that these threats are originating on social media and spread very quickly. We are doing our best to keep up with your online conversations while gathering accurate information. If you have any information you believe could be deemed a threat, please contact law enforcement.
“We share your concerns and heightened awareness regarding school safety for our children. We are grateful that our school community cares deeply about our children’s education and especially their safety. Please continue to help us do the best job we can to ensure your children and all of our school community’s children are safe each and every day.”
“We will be discussing the importance of appropriate and responsible communication with our students. We encourage you to have the same conversations at home with your children. At a later date, we will be sending out some helpful talking points that we will be utilizing in our schools with our students that you may also utilize at home.”
“We take great pride in our Seaman community and the safety of our schools. Thank you for working with us.”
Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer said the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is assisting Topeka police and USD 345 officers in investigating the second incident because “the individual suspected of being involved in this threat lives within city limits,” he said.
Contact reporter Angela Deines at (785) 295-1143 or on Twitter @AngelaDeines.