Crime & Courts

Sheriff’s Office gives more details about threat cases at Andale Middle School

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office gave more details Wednesday about alleged threats this week at Andale Middle School.

The school contacted the Sheriff’s Office on Monday about an “alleged threat written on a bathroom wall,” the office said in a statement. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Pollock said Wednesday that he could say only that the content of the message on the wall was alarming to students.

While investigating that alleged threat, detectives were told of a second threat that occurred Tuesday in the school cafeteria, the office said. Two students allegedly were using hand gestures toward other students, “similar to holding a gun,” Pollock said. Several students reported the incident.

Detectives arrested two students, ages 12 and 13, on suspicion of making criminal threats and took them to the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center, the office said. Detectives have yet to present their case to prosecutors.

Pollock said investigators don’t know whether the two instances of alleged threats are related.

“The Sheriff’s Office is still working closely with the school administration to ensure the safety of the students and staff of Andale Middle School,” the statement said. “Subsequently, additional deputies will be in the Andale area.”

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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