Seaman Unified School District 345 Superintendent Steve Noble addressed threats Monday that put the high school on high alert in late September.
“I wanted to just sort of take an opportunity to speak with the board, publicly, about some of the opportunities we had a week or two ago to review our processes that we go through regarding school crisis and emergency responding,” Noble said.
His comments came Monday evening at the beginning of the school board’s meeting.
On Sept. 25, a Seaman High School student was arrested after allegedly making a threat on social media that referenced Columbine High School, the site of a mass school shooting where 12 students and one teacher were slain in April 1999.
The Seaman student was booked into juvenile intake in connection with making a criminal threat, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office said.
On Sept. 28, school officials informed parents about a second threat made on social media that was “somewhat linked to Seaman High School” but hadn’t targeted any of the district’s schools.
“We had some threats or a threat made to our school district and we have resolved that, but it took a team effort,” Noble said.
An email was sent to families Sept. 29 encouraging students to report unusual or threatening behavior to authorities and not to spread it on social media, he said.
“We take all threats seriously, regardless of what may or may not have been the intent of the perpetrator at the time,” Noble said.
He noted that despite strains in state school funding the last several years, the district has maintained a nurse at every school and four police officers.