Student in custody who made threat of violence at Park Hill High - KCTV5

Student in custody who made threat of violence at Park Hill High School, district says

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There will be additional police officers at Park Hill High School Friday following a threat the school received. (KCTV5) There will be additional police officers at Park Hill High School Friday following a threat the school received. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Platte County Sheriff’s Department has a student in custody who made a threat of violence at Park Hill High School.

Kansas City police were called about 1:40 p.m. Friday to the school located at 7701 NW Barry Rd. to assist deputies.

"Everyone is safe at Park Hill High School, but the school was briefly on lockdown," The Park Hill School District said in a safety alert to parents Friday. "Some surrounding schools also locked their doors as a precaution."

In the past 24 hours, two different threats have been made at Park Hill High School.

Police were already planning to be at the school because of Thursday night’s threat when another one came on Friday.

Students say they were not too concerned because they have gone over these lockdown procedures before, but admit at first, they were a little worried when the announcement came over the intercom and the term drill wasn’t included. 

Students say they knew there would be increased police presence after emails were sent to all the parents. 

But on Friday, another threat was made that lead Platte County deputies to take a student into custody. The school district did not elaborate on what the threats said.

Students say throughout the day they were made aware of what was going on and once the announcement was made over the intercom for a lockdown, their teachers instantly told them what to do, where to go, and ensured they felt safe. 

“There's like a dozen police officers in the school, and they're like, all walking around and looking in classes and checking if anyone was like suspicious looking and all that. And I felt safe for the most part,” Antonio Landaverde said.

“Our teacher then said everyone hide quickly, and she began stacking desks in front of the door to barricade them and then after hiding for about five minutes, she stood up and told us everything is going to be OK,” Ryan Graves said.

There’s been no word yet if the student taken into custody will be charged.

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