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Buhler High tightens security in response to threat of violence

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, April 25, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, April 25, 2014, at 9:17 a.m.

Students at Buhler High School faced tighter security, including searches of purses and backpacks, Friday morning in response to a threat of violence at the school, officials said.

Kelly Nelson, spokeswoman for the Buhler district, said parents were informed of the threat and the increased security measures Thursday evening. Class is in session at the Reno County school, which has about 640 students.

“The only disruption has been to the student body because we’re making them all go through one door and they aren’t allowed to have backpacks or purses,” Nelson said. “If ladies are bringing in purses, they’ll look inside the purse. So pretty much they have to haul around anything that they need throughout the day.

“That’s sort of by design, to make it uncomfortable to students so they realize this is not a funny thing,” she said.

Nelson said she didn’t know how long the security measures would continue. She said Buhler and Reno County law enforcement officers also were at the school Friday morning, “just kind of on standby.”

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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