Goddard Middle School student suspended after writing threatening note

12/18/2013 12:59 PM

12/19/2013 12:46 PM

A 14-year-old Goddard Middle School student has been suspended after he wrote a threatening note, officials said.

In a letter sent home Tuesday with middle school students, Principal Lisa Hogarth said “there was no immediate physical threat to students or staff, and the situation was neutralized expeditiously.”

The eighth-grade student wrote the note, then threw it in the trash, Goddard School District Police Chief Ronny Lieurance said. Two other students saw what he had done and dug out the paper to see what it said.

When the students read what was written, they took the note to their teacher, Lieurance said. The teacher then notified Hogarth.

“He’s been placed on short-term suspension” pending an expulsion hearing, Lieurance said. “Beyond that, I don’t know what will happen.”

The student could be expelled from school for 186 school days – essentially the equivalent of a school year.

Recent school shootings illustrate how times have changed, Lieurance said.

“We live in a very sensitive society with regard to threats,” he said. “It’s a very scary time for parents and students alike.”

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