Police investigate threat at Salina Central High School

SALINA, Kansas — It looks like a normal day at one Kansas school but behind the scenes it’s not. Someone is threatening violence against the school.

“On April 15th, we were notified by the school officials at Central High School that they had found a note in the school that had wording in it that indicated there will be violence in the school,” said Capt. Mike Sweeney with the Salina Police Department.

First it was in the form of a note and then something more ominous. Someone left a cell phone with a bullet hole through it in a school office.

The two incidents in the past two days have prompted the Salina School District and Salina police to take extra precautions.

Superintendent Bill Hall says all staff members at the school have been informed and an automated call system has been used to notify the parents.

Normally, they only have one school resource officer that patrols the halls and school grounds during the day but the number was upped for today.

“We just basically heightened police presence. We had another police officer in and out of the building, besides the regular school resource officer and just vigilant throughout the building, walking throughout the building just to monitor things,” said Hall.

Hall also told me that they have beefed up security measures at the other public high school in town, Salina South. The added police presence will be on both campuses when school starts tomorrow morning as well.

Parents say that the school district notified them of the incidents Wednesday night with an automated phone call.

“You don’t know if it’s a hoax or not a hoax, you don’t know if it’s credible or not credible, so if we’re going to air, we’re going to air on the side of caution,” said Hall.

For now both Salina Central and Salina South will both have an added security presence as the police department continues their investigation.

Anyone with information about the threat is urged to contact the Salina Police Department, Salina school officials or Crimestoppers at 785-825-8477.

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