Crime & Courts

Four Haysville Middle School students arrested after threats to bomb, shoot people

Four Haysville Middle School students were arrested Thursday after social media posts indicated they were plotting to bomb and shoot people on school grounds, officials said.

Staff members and the school resource officer at Haysville Middle School were made aware of “threatening messages made via the internet” shortly after 9:30 a.m., Haysville Police Chief Jeff Whitfield said in a statement.

“The threats involved several students causing violence against classmates and staff members at the school,” Whitfield said.

The students involved with the threats were identified and taken into custody. The school district is taking disciplinary action, said Liz Hames, a spokeswoman for the district. The students could also face criminal charges.

“Security at Haysville Middle School will be increased,” a statement sent to Haysville Middle School parents, guardians and district staff members said. “All threatening statements are taken seriously by school officials and law enforcement.”

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