Sheriff: USD 434 schools closed due to threat, 15-year-old student arrested

CARBONDALE, Kan. – According to Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn, USD 434 schools are closed today due to a threat made by a student against Santa Fe Trail High School Wednesday evening.

In a press release issued late last night, the sheriff reported her office was made aware of the threat around 6 p.m., followed by the arrest of a 15-year-old male student at 7 p.m.

“This was a verbal threat, no weapons or explosives were involved,” Dunn said in the release. “The case will be forwarded to the Osage County Attorney’s Office sometime [Thursday] to determine formal charges.”

The sheriff said the school district closed on Thursday due to the threat. A person who answered the phone at the school district office Thursday morning confirmed that all USD 434 schools were closed today, but referred all questions to USD 434 Superintendent Steve Pegram, who was not in the office Thursday morning.

The district’s Facebook page and website have no information regarding the school closures, except the district posted on Facebook the junior high school’s track athletes will participate in a track meet at Sabetha today. Athletes are to meet at Carbondale Attendance Center at 10:30 a.m. and buses will leave for Sabetha at 10:45 a.m.

“We feel it will be safe for students to be meet at CAC to load busses,” the district’s Facebook post said.

Several parents of USD 434 students posted on social media that they had been notified of the school closures by the district’s automated email and call system. Some Topeka media outlets first reported the school closures, but Osage County media was not informed by the school district.


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