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Published November 20, 2019

Police investigating possible school threat


CAMDENTON – The Camdenton Police Department (CPD) and the Camdenton High School Administration are investigating a possible threat allegedly made by a juvenile.

Last Friday, the comments were reported to officials who acted and placed the juvenile into custody and transported them to the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center for further investigation.
“Investigations of this nature are always difficult as officers must evaluate the totality of the circumstances to determine the level of concern for this incident,” a CPD spokesman said. “We are very proud that students came forward to report these concerns and hope that students will realize that statements of this nature will always be taken seriously. Even if said in a joking matter, the student could face serious repercussions, including school disciplinary action and criminal charges.”

While looking into the first incident, school administration and the CPD were advised of another possible threatening statement. No evidence of inappropriate speech or conduct was found so this matter has been referred to school officials.

“In light of recent school violence, we would encourage parents to discuss these issues with their children,” said the spokesman. “They need to understand the seriousness and long reaching impact making such statements can have but also need to understand that reporting comments can prevent a tragic event. We all want to keep our school safe so encourage them ‘If you see something, say something.’”

The investigation into the alleged threat is continuing.

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