Arrest Made in Threat Against Branson High School

A social media threat Tuesday night against Branson High School has resulted in an arrest.

A statement released by Branson Public Schools says that the Branson police department investigated the threat and found it to be “not credible.”  

Here is the statement from Branson High School Principal Jack Harris:

“A threat was made against the HighSchool overnight through social media. The authorities were notified and an arrest has been made. After a thorough investigation, authorities have determined the threat not to be credible. The person making the threat has been charged with a crime and will be prosecuted.”

The Branson school district uses a program called SchoolMessenger to alert parents of situations.  The program will send an email to parents and also a text message alert for parents to read that email.

Branson police say a student in Kirbyville, MO was taken into custody and they do not believe anyone else is involved.  

Update:  Press release from Branson Police Department:

On December 4, 2018, the Branson Police Department received a report of threats of future violence toward the Branson High School. Officers immediately launched an investigation and quickly located, identified and interviewed the suspect.

The suspect, who is a current student at Branson High School, was arrested early Wednesday morning without incident in Kirbyville, Missouri for making a terroristic threat. There were no weapons found. Charges will be sought through the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office. There are no indications of involvement by additional people. Detectives are continuing the investigation.

The Branson Police Department continues to work closely with the Branson School District as school safety is among the highest priorities for both organizations. The police department takes all threats seriously and is committed to allocating all necessary resources to ensure the safety and security of students and the community.

Police ensure there is no current threat to the safety of students and will be doing extra patrols near all Branson Public Schools today to make students and parents feel safe.