Lewis County superintendent speaks after school threat concerns

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LEWISTOWN, Mo (WGEM) — The Lewis County C-1 School District is explaining what happened after sending out a message late Thursday night about concerns over a school threat.

Superintendent John French says it all started Thursday afternoon when two male students got into an argument at Highland High School and one of the students made a comment prompting an investigation, he says the situation was handled by the end of the school day.

But French believes when other students got home after school and spoke with their parents, rumors started spreading, including on social media causing them to re-examine the situation late last night.

After investigating the district and the Lewis Sheriff’s Office still believed no students were in danger, prompting the district to send out a phone message and post on Facebook explaining no threats were credible and school would be in session on Friday.

“Again, I apologized to the parents for it being approximately 10:30 p.m., that would not normally be the case and with the amount of concerned, it was imperative to let the parents know that things were under control,” French said.

Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish told WGEM News, the incident is defined as isolated and a student made an outburst and the department did not believe the student did anything that rises to the level of a criminal offense.

Parent Norman Strickland has children who attend the elementary school and despite the incident happening at the high school, he was worried about sending his children to school Friday.

“There was only a couple of people on there kinda of upset but me mainly because, you know it’s out of my control and I don’t like being out of control when my kids are at the school,” Strickland said.

Superintendent French did not reveal what the student said in the incident or if he was disciplined. But said the student along with his parents sat down and had a conversation with law enforcement and district officials. French added the boy’s comment did not involve a school shooting.

Student’s comments spark precautions at Highland High School

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