As a result of Shawnee High School experiencing a threat last Friday through a note on a bathroom wall, Shawnee police have had an extra police presence on campus all week. And now police are taking other proactive measures to ensure campus and student safety.
Thursday morning, Shawnee's police chief said officers would be using metal detectors as part of security efforts.
"We have seen multiple handwritten threats against the Shawnee High School this week. We know that some kids may look at these as a prank but any threat against a school is very serious," Chief Mason Willson said. "The people responsible for the threats can be charged with a crime. Any threat received will be taken seriously by the Shawnee Police Department. We do not care if it is a hoax or jokes, we will investigate, find the people responsible and pursue charges."
SHS has a full-time dedicated school resource officer on campus at all times, but there have been extra officers and patrols all this week.
And as a result of the threats, Wilson said parents and students will see an increase of police presence that may also include walk-through metal detectors and officers scanning backpacks or bags.
"The Shawnee Police Department will continue to work closely with school administrators to ensure the safety of the students in Shawnee," he said. "We urge the parents to speak with their kids and stress the seriousness of this type of behavior. If anyone has any information about threats to our local schools, you are urged to contact the Shawnee Police Department without delay."
Watch for updates.