The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office had deputies at Seckman High School in Imperial today (Dec. 4) – the day after a threat against the school was written in a restroom, said Sam Rayburn, a spokesman for the Fox C-6 School District.
At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 3), students found a threat written in one stall in one of the girls’ restrooms and reported it to school staff, who, in turn, called the Sheriff’s Office, Rayburn said.
“They (the Sheriff’s Office) were on the scene right away, and they didn’t think it (the threat) was credible,” Rayburn said. “But, we have a good relationship with them and they provided more police presence today. We wanted to make sure everyone felt safe and secure today.”
Rayburn would not say exactly what was written in the restroom but that it was a threat of something to happen today.
He said the threat was probably written not long before it was discovered.
“The restroom is used a lot,” he said. “A few ladies (who saw the threat) had come right to the office and reported it. We’re always proud of students when they see something suspicious and let us know.”
Rayburn said Seckman High principal Todd Scott sent an email and text message to parents informing them about the incident.
“After a thorough investigation, there is no indication of a credible threat to the safety of students or staff at Seckman High School,” Scott said in the message. “The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and although the threat is not credible, I want to thank the Jefferson County (Sheriff’s Office) as they have offered to provide more police presence on campus tomorrow for everyone’s comfort.”
Rayburn said today that the investigation is “ongoing.”
Scott said both school administrators and the Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.
“Any violation of school district policy that disrupts the learning environment is considered serious and will be investigated fully,” he said in the message. “Those responsible will face full disciplinary measures in accordance with district policy and local law enforcement.”
Scott also credited the students who reported the threat to school staff.
“I want to thank our students for their vigilance in reporting suspicious activity,” he said.
Scott could not be reached for comment today.
Rayburn said he suspected that absenteeism was higher today than usual today because of the threat.
“We had gotten a few parent emails asking if they could keep their kids home,” he said.