Springfield Police Investigate Threat to Hillcrest Graduation

Springfield police investigated a report of a social media posting that appeared to show a threat against the graduation ceremonies of Hillcrest High School which has now been called “not credible.”

The post was made Thursday ahead of the ceremony that evening at JQH Arena. Detectives with SPD’s Criminal Investigations Division were able to track down the person who made the post and they were arrested for a peace disturbance.

Police noted the suspect was cooperative in the investigation and that the incident is still under investigation.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Public Schools Police Department also participated in the investigation of the incident.

Springfield Public Schools released the following statement on Friday:

Information about an open investigation related to school safety is circulating in the Hillcrest community.

While the status of the open investigation limits our ability to provide specific details, we believe it is important to emphasize the following:

  • We are not aware of a credible threat to SPS.
  • An individual observed a concerning social media post circulating within the Hillcrest community and reported it to law enforcement.
  • Law enforcement immediately took action and exceptional police work led to the identification of the person who made the social media post.
  • It has been determined that the post did not represent a credible threat.

As always, we encourage ongoing reporting of any school safety concern by calling School Police at 523-2911 or utilizing the text tip line, monitored 24/7, at 417-319-2901.

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