According to an email sent to parents Wednesday evening, a threatening message on social media was brought to the district’s attention and created concern.
The district said an investigation into the message determined the threat was not specific to Salina South High School. “At this time, unsubstantiated and threatening messages are circulating across the nation,” the district said. “Regardless, USD 305 takes all threats seriously and will continue to work with law enforcement.”
Specific details regarding the nature of the threat were not been released by the district, but information obtained by The Salina Scoop indicates the threat originated by a post from a Facebook user identifying himself as “Ray Andres”. In one post, “Andres” used the acronym “SHS” to identify the school he was allegedly targeting for a shooting. The use of that acronym prompted concerns from several school districts across the country, including Salina. Law enforcement authorities later identified the SHS in the threatening post as a school in Springfield, Ohio.
School will be in session on Thursday, according to the district.
The social media threat comes less than a week after a threatening message was discovered in a girl’s bathroom at Lakewood Middle School last Thursday. Despite the threat, there were no incidents at the school.
Salina is one of several communities in Kansas where school threats have been investigated over the past week. Law enforcement authorities and school officials in Wichita, Dodge City, Great Bend, Hays and Junction City have investigated a number of school threats. Arrests have been made in at least three of those cases.