FRONTENAC — USD 249 schools were cleared of danger and students returned to class after a weekend bomb threat.

A district staff member was made aware of a bomb threat by a Frontenac High School student in a social media post on Saturday. The threat was reported to USD 249 administration, who reported it to the Frontenac Police Department.

According to Superintendent Rick Simoncic, the threat was investigated by Frontenac police and The Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security analysts and FPD determined there was no plan in place to harm the schools.

However, the district had Kansas Highway Patrol K-9 units do a full sweep of the high school, middle school and Frank Layden Elementary at approximately 5 a.m. Monday.

“Homeland Security investigated and said there was no real threat to the school,” Simoncic said. “But we treated it like a real threat and took precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

KHP cleared the school at approximately 6 a.m. and students attended class Monday as usual. No dangerous items were found and no one was injured.

According to Simoncic, FPD also provided increased security Monday morning with officers posted at each entrance.

The incident is still under investigation by FPD.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.