By Danny Davis
On Tuesday, Aug. 27, Campus High School officials responded to a threatening statement posted on Twitter. The tweet was posted by a student of the high school and later removed.
The police were immediately involved in an investigation jointly-conducted with Campus High School officials. Following the investigation, the officials determined the threat was not credible, however the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office decided to press charges for disorderly conduct.
“Once we’re made aware of a threat, we go into full crisis mode,” said Liz Hames, community relations coordinator for Haysville USD 261. “Gaylen Davis, executive director of operations, the superintendent [John Burke], and I all met at the high school with the principal, Myron Regier, to discuss what we knew and how we were going to handle the notification of parents and staff.”
The school district does not actively monitor tweets from students and was made aware of the threatening tweet via an outside source.
“Sometimes it takes a parent or community member to make a school official aware that they’ve heard something,” Hames said. “We have to have somebody let us know because we can’t be everywhere and hear everything.”
Disciplinary action by the school was taken against the student who posted the tweet, but district officials declined to discuss specifics.