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SMITHVILLE — After a suspect was identified and after a Smithville Police Department investigation, a verbal threat of a possible school shooting was deemed not credible later that evening, Wednesday, Sept. 11. 

In a letter sent to parents after school, Smithville High School administration stated the threat was made on campus Wednesday.

"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. "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."

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.

More details on this developing story will be published as they become available.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.​

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