Washburn Rural High School administration have been working a possible threat to the school

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Washburn Rural High School administration and security staff have been working with local law enforcement to investigate a possible threat to the school.

In an email sent last night to school faculty and staff…. Principal Ed Raines said a parent posted on Facebook that an unidentified student had asked her child to bring a weapon to school.

Raines said the school launched an immediate investigation.  The school’s security staff worked with law enforcement to conduct interviews in the homes of the individuals involved.

In last night’s email, Raines said he had no reason to believe the threats were credible.

Following is the  e-mail.

Hi Folks,

In an effort to address any misinformation that may be circulating in the community, I wanted to brief you on a situation that we have been addressing this evening.

Earlier today, I received notification from a staff member that one of our parents had posted something on Facebook indicating that an unidentified student had asked her child to bring a weapon to school tomorrow.  With only that information and the name of the parent, we launched an immediate investigation.  At present, our Security staff is cooperating with Law Enforcement.  They are in the process of conducting interviews in the homes of the individuals involved.  We are confident that all parties have been identified.  At this point, we have no reason to believe that the threat was even credible and will continue to work throughout the evening to ensure a smooth start to our day tomorrow.

Given the recent threats against school staff in the Shawnee County area, as well as several other events throughout the nation as of late, a degree of anxiety and apprehension is to be expected.  Please know, however, that we take the safety and well being of our school community quite seriously and will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to secure the same.

Our effectiveness in doing so is enhanced if we all work to that end.  As always, please let us know immediately of any threat made against our school of which you may be aware.

Have a good evening and I’ll see all of you tomorrow.

Ed Raines, Principal

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