Updated at 5:24 PM CST: Sensitivity is high following last weeks shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut and at Carl Junction students helped tip administrators and police to what could have been dangerous at some point.
Today there was more police presence at all CJ schools, mainly to ease parents and students concerns after rumors flew on Facebook about a threat to the school.
A student reported a threatening comment made by a freshman. That student was interviewed and taken into juvenile custody on Wednesday.
Officials say there was never an actual plot of an attack against students or the school despite rumors on Facebook.
In a separate case an administrators discovery of a Facebook posting about a student bringing a gun to school led police to meet a seventh grader at the bus. He had a BB gun in his backpack.
Authorities say other students were not in danger but the boy carrying it could have been.
"Whether it's just not knowing better, whether not thinking it's against the rules, thinking it's cool, it's a very ignorant choice - it puts a lot of people in danger because they are hard to tell apart from a regular weapon," says Carl Junction Police Chief Delmar Haase. "Had he taken it out with a police officer there, we regard that as a real weapons."
Again, officials say the two incidents were not related at all and that the seventh grader who brought the BB gun to school wasn't threatening anyone - he had planned to show it to friends.
The seventh grader and a parent did have a consultation with the principal and he will face punishment based on district policy.
The freshman was last in the custody of juvenile authorities.
Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM CST: The Carl Junction Police Department says this morning on the way to school a student pulled out a BB gun to show others. Someone riding the bus reported the incident and when the bus arrived at the school police arrested the student.
This comes just a day after the Carl Junction Police Department says it has received phone calls about postings on Facebook telling parents not to send their children to school today because of a planned attack at school.
Police Chief Delmar Haase issued a news release last night saying a juvenile is in custody arrested for possible threats.
But the news release goes on to say "There is nothing to the rumors that are circulating. There is no known threat against the school".
The police department increased patrols at Carl Junction schools after the Connecticut shooting and says it will continue that practice in the future.
Parents of Carl Junction students were notified by the school district's automated phone system that the district was aware of the case and says the student in question will not be at school today.
Again, to be clear, the Carl Junction police chief says there is no known threat against the school.
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