PITTSBURG — One juvenile is under arrest in conjunction with a threat which caused a short lockdown at Pittsburg schools Wednesday morning.
According to a release from the Pittsburg Police Department, at about 9:44 a.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to Pittsburg High School as a school resource officer reported being notified by several students of a threat by a subject indicating an intent to come to PHS with firearms and shoot up the school.
As the threat was deemed credible, Officers from PPD, CRSO, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the high school as it was placed on lockdown. As a precaution, other area community schools were also put on soft lockdown as the investigation commenced.
The initial investigation revealed a subject had forwarded threats to shoot up the school via social media to students at the high school, who then immediately reported the incident leading to the lockdown and law enforcement response, the release said.
Officers were quickly able to identify the subject making the threats and determine the threat was credible and the subject may have had the means to carry out the threat.
Officers then responded to a residence in Pittsburg where they located the juvenile subject they believed responsible for the threats and took the subject into custody without further incident. The investigation into this incident remains ongoing at this time and no determination of charges has yet been made, however, it is believed the subject acted alone in this incident and the schools have subsequently returned to normal operations.
“While it is unfortunate this incident occurred in our community, we must acknowledge the students who immediately came forward and reported this incident to law enforcement, coupled with the strong partnerships between the schools and law enforcement that allowed us to respond to and resolve this incident quickly,” the release said.
Pittsburg Superintendent of Schools Rich Proffit thanked the students who reported the threat and law enforcement for the quick response.
"We thank the students who reported the threat and the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Pittsburg Police, Highway Patrol, and KBI for their swift action in assessing and containing the situation," Proffitt said in a release.
Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or on the tip line, 620-231 TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.