SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (10/11/2017) Parents and students of Kickapoo High School were concerned after receiving an email today notifying them that a Kickapoo student had been arrested for threatening violence.
What some students thought started as a joke, quickly escalated, as the school announced today that one of their own had been taken into custody last week.
"We all just thought it was a joke for the most part until our 4th block teachers told us about it," said Makenna Hogue, a Kickapoo student.
"Ya, I thought it was a joke, but I guess it's real now," added Celia Gamwell, a Kickapoo student.
"I was really shocked, because it's really uncommon for the principal to go out of his way to send an email to all of us to get all of us to know about it and to all the parents," said Kaitlyn Howery, a Kickapoo senior.
The unidentified 15-year-old allegedly sent a text to another student threatening possible violence on Friday, October 13th. According to the Newsleader, he even referenced the students who killed 13 people during the 1999 Columbine massacre.
After being notified, the Springfield School Police quickly took action, as the minor was taken into custody within 48 hours of being notified.
While the student has no prior record and does appear to be a threat, some in the Kickapoo community are still on edge.
"My kids being here, I just don't want it to be a threatening place for them to come to school," said Laura Parks, a Kickapoo parent.
"It's never been this serious where someone has gotten arrested over it so, ya, it's a little concerning," stated Howery.
In the e-mail sent out by the high school today, the principal stated that students' safety is their top priority and added that the incident is being taken very seriously Anyone with information is being encourage to contact the school.
Chief Juvenile Officer with Greene County, Bill Prince also told FOX 5 that while the student was released last week, they are continuing to address the situation and investigate the allegations.
As for school this Friday, classes will still be held, however security will be on high alert.