HOUSTON, MO (02/28/18) - The Houston High School discovered two alarming concerns during their afternoon school hours. The superintendent and the police department are thanking the students for thinking quick and taking action.
Around 2:30 p.m., yesterday, a student found a 45 caliber bullet and turned it into the office. Soon, another, student would come forward and let officials know that a kid had made threats against the school.
“We do training with the schools every year and that’s one of the things we tell them is if you see something say something and have the teachers train the students to do the same thing," says Houston chief of police Tim Ceplina.
Superintendent Allen Moss says the juvenile is in the process of being charged by the juvenile courts and that the school will be following their discipline policy to the full extent.
“We take it very seriously. Obviously, in this day and age you can’t just dismiss anything," says Moss. "Anytime we have something like this we’re going to contact law enforcement and go through it as thoroughly as we can.”
Moss couldn’t tell me if this student was a frequent trouble maker or not but he did inform Fox 5 that, allegedly, students have been telling officers that the suspect had been talking about threats for a few days now.
And Ceplina says they believe the situation has been contained. With the school on high alert and the students speaking up Moss says if an active shooter were to ever happen he'd like to think his staff and students are ready. "It makes you more vigilante. I'd like to think our staff is always watching and paying attention and maybe this will give a heightened awareness to the kids.”
Parents are speaking out about the situation on Facebook. To see those comments click here for the Houston R-1 School District Facebook page.