UPDATE: Friday, the Monett Police Department released an update to the threat investigation:
Upon investigation it was determined that a student communicated an express or implied threat to cause an incident involving danger to life including a plan of action on school property. Exhibited in a threatening manner a weapon readily capable of lethal use in the presence of one or more persons on school property. Separately possessed a weapon readily capable of lethal use on school property.
Lawrence County Circuit Court issued a warrant for arrest for Kaleb Switzer, 17, of Monett for three charges including terrorist threat (felony), unlawful use of weapon (felony), and unlawful use of weapon (misdemeanor) with a cash bond set at $150,000 with GPS monitoring and exclusion zones including 1000 feet of any public school property or YMCA.
There is no indication of any other suspects or accomplices being involved in this incident.
Monett, Mo. -- (3/1/2018) The Monett Police Department was notified by Monett High School Administrators on Thursday about a potential threat to students at the school.
Concerned students told administrators about statements made by a fellow student that they believed had the potential to lead to school violence. The Monett Police Department initiated investigation and contacted the Lawrence County Prosecutor.
The Police Department and School Officials worked closely together implementing procedures to ensure the safety of all students and staff. One person of interest was taken into custody and is being held for up to 24 hours pending outcome of investigation and potential charges being filed.
Police do not believe there is any imminent threat to the school or community at the time of this release. An update will be provided once available.