On Wednesday, the Girard School District went on a lockdown after a threat was made toward the district.
According to a release from the Girard Police Department, at approximately 7:45 a.m. students of the Girard School District reported to school officials that a threat was received by a communication device that an individual was coming to the school to shoot it up.
Following protocol, USD 248 went into lockdown while GPD and Crawford County Sheriff's Office were notified immediately, the release said.
During the investigation, a juvenile subject was identified and taken into custody without incident. The investigation still on going but it is believed the subject acted alone and the schools are back to normal business, the release said.
“It is very unfortunate that these types of incidents occur within our society, but we must commend the students that reported this threat and how this situation was resolved so quickly,” GPD said in the release.
The district thanked the efforts of the individuals who shared the matter with the district and the efforts of the law enforcement.
“The threat was vetted, the source identified, proper protocol was taken with our local law enforcement and an arrest was made,” Girard Superintendent of Schools Blaise Bauer said.
“We are now off lock-down and back to normal business.
“We greatly appreciate our students communicating with us concerning this matter and are very grateful to our local and county law enforcement for their assistance.”
Anyone having information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Girard Police Department at 620-724-6219.  Callers may remain Anonymous.
In a separate incident, on Tuesday evening, Southeast School District received a criminal threat from a student on social media. The district did not need to go on lockdown because the alleged student was placed into custody and remains incarcerated at this point, Southeast School District Superintendent Brad Miner said.  
“We appreciate people who are willing to make a report, a lot of times that’s how these things are prevented from being carried through,” Miner said.
“We want to continue to encourage everyone, no matter how insignificant something might be report it so we can investigate.”
Miner said it is unknown why students are making threats, however in speculation the districts have noticed an increase of students who are coming to school with mental health issues.
A third incident on occurred on Jan. 30 when Pittsburg Community School District received a threat after 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.
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, a release from Pittsburg Police Department said.
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.
One juvenile was placed under arrest in conjunction with a threat which caused a short lockdown throughout the entire district.