Schools in Santa Fe Trails USD 434 are closed Thursday due to a threat posted on social media.
A parent living in the district tells WIBW News Now that an automated message was sent around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The message stated the Osage County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the threat directed at Santa Fe Trails High School.
The threat was posted around 6 p.m.
Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said in a release a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Dunn says this was a verbal threat and no weapons or explosives were involved.
Officials decided to close all schools in the district, including the preschool, to ensure the safety of students and faculty.
According to a post on the district’s Facebook page, Santa Fe Trails Junior High track athletes will participate in the meet at Sabetha Thursday.
The post states administrators feel it would be safe for parents to bring student athletes to the Carbondale Attendance Center, 315 North 4th St., at 10:30 a.m., where buses will take them to the event.
The status of other school activities will be addressed on Thursday.
The case will be forwarded to the Osage County Attorney’s Office Thursday to determine formal charges against the boy.
Click below to hear audio of the message sent to parents:
Updated 4/20 @ 4:30 a.m.