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Lawrence police detain student after ‘credible threat’ is made towards Kansas high school

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Lawrence Police Officers detained a student as he left Free State High School earlier today, believing he may be armed. Authorities say district employees asked police to investigate a credible threat to the school earlier this morning. Once the student was identified, school employees and the School Resource Officer reported that they tried to speak with him, asking him to relinquish his backpack. Police say the student was uncooperative, left school property and began heading towards the businesses south of the school. The school resource officer requested backup while continuing to ask the student to comply. Another responding officer got in front of the student and was able to detain him without further incident. Police then determined that the student was not armed. “The threat was concerning and contained details. The student was then intentionally defiant with school personnel and officers. The Lawrence Police Department and School District work together daily and will always remain committed to fully investigating any threat. We’re glad this ended the way it did,” Deputy Chief Adam Heffley said. Lawrence Police say district employees will determine any disciplinary action against the student.

Lawrence Police Officers detained a student as he left Free State High School earlier today, believing he may be armed.

Authorities say district employees asked police to investigate a credible threat to the school earlier this morning.

Once the student was identified, school employees and the School Resource Officer reported that they tried to speak with him, asking him to relinquish his backpack.

Police say the student was uncooperative, left school property and began heading towards the businesses south of the school.

The school resource officer requested backup while continuing to ask the student to comply.

Another responding officer got in front of the student and was able to detain him without further incident.

Police then determined that the student was not armed.

“The threat was concerning and contained details. The student was then intentionally defiant with school personnel and officers. The Lawrence Police Department and School District work together daily and will always remain committed to fully investigating any threat. We’re glad this ended the way it did,” Deputy Chief Adam Heffley said.

Lawrence Police say district employees will determine any disciplinary action against the student.

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