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Goddard student could face charges after ‘potential threat,’ school police say

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.

Goddard’s school police chief said the agency is working with county prosecutors to determine whether charges will be filed against a Goddard student who made a “potential threat” that could have affected other students this week.

Chief Ronny Lieurance said he could not divulge the nature of the threat but said that it was unspecific, came in written form off school grounds, and carried no “plans of action.”

He added that because of the “threatening nature” of the message, “we are working with the D.A.’s (Sedgwick County District Attorney’s) office to see what, if any, charges, will be filed.”

School officials learned of the threat Thursday afternoon, Lieurance said, after the parent of the boy who made it notified the Goddard school district. Goddard High School’s principal, Doug Bridwell, alerted parents and guardians to the threat by e-mail around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, saying that school officials “were able to prevent inappropriate activity from occurring.”

Lieurance said the situation remains under investigation by the Goddard school district’s police department. He said that the boy who made the threat did not attend school Friday and “will not be returning for the foreseeable future.”

He would not say whether the student had been suspended, only that he was “handled in accordance with school board policy.”

There is no continued threat to students or staff at this time, Lieurance said.

“We’re confident that the situation has been handled and that there is no danger at this point,” he said.

Asked about the possible threat, Goddard school district spokeswoman Annette Singletary said: “Any time we hear of a threat we are going to take it seriously and investigate it.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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