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SMITHVILLE — In a letter sent to parents after school Wednesday, Sept. 11, Smithville High School administration stated a verbal threat of a possible school shooting was made on campus Wednesday. A suspect has been identified and Smithville Police Department is investigating. As a result, families will see heightened security at all district buildings.

"Recent tragedies at schools in other states have heightened everyone's concern for the safety of students," Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Wayne Krueger wrote in the letter, adding the threat is being investigated as credible. "I want to assure you that we always take any type of threat seriously and have the full cooperation of the police department. That policy will not change."

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, it was unclear who made the threat or what or who was threatened.

Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about the seriousness of making threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activity, threats or disturbing information to a trusted adult, the letter states.

"Students also need to be aware that law enforcement agencies are taking these threats very seriously and are pursuing prosecution even when such incidents are intended as pranks," Krueger said. "Please make sure your child is aware of these ramifications and that he or she understands hoaxes related to campus safety will not be tolerated."

This is a developing story. More details will be published as they become available.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.​

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