Anonymous Threat Against Kickapoo; Second Threat Against A Springfield High School in 2 Weeks

For the second straight week, an anonymous threat of violence on a Friday was made toward a Springfield high school.

This time the anonymous note was found at Kickapoo high school. As with the threat found last week at Glendale High School, the district says they have found no evidence the threat is credible.

Officials are investigating the threat. The school will have additional school police officers on campus Friday.

Springfield communications director Stephen Hall told OI investigators have found nothing to indicate a link between the two threats and reiterated nothing credible has been found to indicate a real threat against Kickapoo on Friday.

The following notice was sent to Kickapoo parents tonight:

Today, an anonymous message was found at Kickapoo High School threatening violence at school. The message did not reference students or staff and lacked specifics. All appropriate measures are being taken to fully investigate this message.

School administrators are working with school police officers to support their investigation. At this time, the investigation has not produced any information that would cause us to believe that this is a credible threat. 

The regular schedule will be adhered to on Friday. Out of an abundance of caution, we will exercise a heightened sense of awareness and have an increased presence of additional school police officers at school.

Kickapoo parents and staff were directly notified of this information by telephone and email at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about the importance of sharing any information they might have about this incident or any safety concern. Information can be shared directly with school administrators, through the Text Tip Line at (417) 319-2901 or by calling School Police at (417) 523-2911.

Threats of violence are not taken lightly and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken upon completion of the investigation.