GLADSTONE — A possible dangerous situation was averted in Gladstone after a man allegedly made a threat against Oakhill Day School, located at 7019 N. Cherry St.
Brandon Naghshineh, 34, was charged in Clay County with felony making a terroristic threat and is being held on $50,000 bond.
According to a probable cause statement, Naghshineh was placed in a 96-hour mental health commitment by Kansas City police Nov. 12 at an area hospital after officers conducted a welfare check at his residence and observed “several disturbing images and writings” about active shooter events.
On Nov. 13, while Naghshineh was under the hold, a health professional reported to Gladstone police a possible active-shooter threat allegedly made by Naghshineh toward Oakhill Day School.
"We have taken all of the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our students. The police assured school administrators that students and staff were safe," Head of School Suzanne McCanles said. "Because the suspect was in custody, we carried on with school as usual, but with a heightened sense of awareness. As a precaution, we are continuing to work with the police and have plans in place …."
It was reported Naghshineh previously stated to relatives that the school's security was “too lax,” according to the probable cause statement, and that “a storm is coming.”
School staffers, according to the probable cause statement, witnessed Naghshineh walking school hallways, entering restrooms and walking into private offices after school was dismissed. Police were later provided a photo of Naghshineh exiting the school building on Nov. 12 wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled up, sunglasses, blue jeans and a black backpack with what appeared to be several items inside.
"Security measures like single entry access, removal of parent door codes and the installation of additional external cameras were made as Oakhill Day School continues to follow the policies and procedures in place to keep school safe," Director of Communications and Marketing Michelle McDaniel said. "Capt. Jeff Self of Gladstone Police Department facilitated a town hall the morning of Monday, Nov. 18, to give the facts as we know them today."
Counseling services are available to school families who may need them.
"It is a new day at Oakhill," McCanles said. "This incident is an opportunity for us to reevaluate what security measures we already have while taking steps necessary to make us even safer."
A the time of the incident, Naghshineh was on bond from Platte County for charges of burglary and harassment.