UPDATE: A 15-year-old Salina Central High School student is in custody after allegedly making a threat of violence against the school.
According to a media release, Sammi K. Nichols was taken into custody after a school resource officer was notified that the teenager threatened to “shoot up the school” in a message sent on Facebook’s messenger service early Thursday morning.
Nichols was located at a Saline County residence late Thursday afternoon and later booked into the Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Junction City. He now faces criminal threat charges, according to the release.
Central High was placed on a heightened state of security for most of the school day while authorities searched for Nichols.
District officials say school will go on as usual on Friday.
UPDATE: USD 305 officials have announced that students will be released from Salina Central High School this afternoon as normal as the school day ends with the building remaining under a heightened state of security.
As a precautionary measure, increased security will continue during the school’s release. Activities planned for after school hours will take place as scheduled.
The district says concerns resulting from the threat have been resolved by police and they expect a normal school day on Friday.
There is still no word on exactly what the threat was that elevated the state of security at the school or who was involved.
We will continue to provide details as they become available.
Salina Central High School was placed on heightened security Thursday morning.
Police say the heightened state of security came after a known individual made an indirect criminal threat against the school.
Officials with USD 305 issued a statement at 11:09 a.m., saying, “Central High School remains in heightened security throughout the lunch period. Classes continue as usual within the building while exterior doors are locked, entry to the building is monitored and there is increased supervision.” The district says the school is not on lockdown and classes have not been effected.
Police have not said exactly what the threat was, nor have they any identified the student involved.
The Salina Scoop will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as they become available.