Officials investigating potential threat to HGMS

5/4/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Law enforcement and USD 457 officials are investigating threats made by a student of Horace J. Good Middle School.

According to a press release from the Garden City Police Department, the School Resource Officer at Horace J. Good Middle School was informed of a social media post created by a student from the school that contained vague threats toward the school and certain students who were allegedly bullying him or her.

GCPD Sgt. Michael Reagle said that the post involved the potential of shooting someone at the school, and emphasized the word "potential," but could not provide any other information about the post itself.

"The post was made the night before we were notified and the individual who made the post was contacted immediately, once we received the information, and (that individual) did not have access to any firearms," he said, in an email to The Telegram.

Reagle said that no arrest(s) have been made, as law enforcement officials investigate the matter further.

Roy Cessna, public information officer for USD 457, said the school district is working with the police department on the investigation into the incident.

Cessna said that the school was not shut down but that notes from Principal Brad Springston were sent home to inform parents about the incident. The notes read, in part, "Any students involved with this matter are being disciplined according to school policy. ... School is safe to attend and we will continue school on our regular schedule. The school and the district take every threat seriously. We are working with the GCPD and other community agencies to ensure the safety of our students and staff at school."

Reagle said that it was the GCPD's understanding that the student who made the threats was removed from the school, but Cessna would not confirm that information.

"I can't comment on that," he said.

Cessna did reiterate that the student or students involved are being disciplined according to school policy.

Reagle said that law enforcement is working with school officials, parents and other resources are working together to investigate and resolve the situation.

"There is a school resource officer assigned to the school and there is no indication of a direct threat to the school."

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