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Teen girl didn’t want to go to school, so she made up a threat, Kansas police say

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A teenage girl allegedly made up a threat to her middle school in an attempt to get out of school, Kansas police said.

Garden City police officers received a report Monday evening of a possible threat toward Horace Good Middle School, the department said in a news release. The threat was made through an anonymous social media site and led to an increased police presence at the school on Tuesday.

Investigators determined that “the suspect allegedly created the threat and then posted it as if it was sent to her from an anonymous source,” police said. “(The girl) allegedly created the threat in an attempt to get out of school.”

The girl was arrested at around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at a home and booked into a juvenile detention center on suspicion of aggravated criminal threat, police said.

Investigating the school threat and providing extra security at the school consumed about 160 hours of work by officers and detectives, police said.

“The investigation found that there was no intent to commit a violent act or any means to carry out the communicated threat,” Principal Brad Springston said in a statement.

The student may be subject to a 10-day out-of-school suspension and potential expulsion for a whole school year, he said.

The threat was made less than a week after police investigated another potential threat against the school. The department said Thursday in a news release that a 14-year-old student at the middle school was identified as a suspect in a social media threat “involving the depicted use of firearms with intent to harm students.”

The threat resulted in an increased police presence at the school. Investigators forwarded information on that case to the Finney County Attorney’s Office requesting charges of aggravated criminal threat and criminal false communication.

Springston said the two threats were not connected.

“The school and the district take every threat seriously,” he said. “School is safe to attend, and classes will continue on a regular schedule. We appreciate the quick response and dedication to student safety that was displayed by law enforcement and the Horace Good Middle School staff during this event.”

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