***UPDATED: INCREASED PRESENCE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AT MARSHALL SCHOOLS DUE TO THREAT OF VIOLENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

UPDATED at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 12:

In the most-recent release, Marshall Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher, sent out an update. The update reads….

“In response to our initial information concerning the threat of school violence, we initiated safety and security measures that involved the Marshall Police Department who helped us secure the campus and contain the situation.

Upon further investigation, school officials have learned that the threat was of self-harm, not a threat toward others. The individual has willingly accepted help and is in a safe setting off campus.

In an on-going partnership with the Marshall Police Department, the Marshall High School Security Officer and Marshall P.D. recently conducted a joint planning session for potential emergencies such as this. MPS continues to remain vigilant regarding student and staff safety.”

Original Story….

An area school district is taking precautions today, as threats of violence reportedly were posted on social media.

According to text messages sent out by the Marshall Public School District, an individual is in custody and is being questioned by authorities about a threat made on social media about violence planned at Marshall High School.

The district also sent out a press release that reads:
“Late last evening, several Marshall High School students became aware, and alerted school administration, of a threat made on social media of a school shooting being planned for Friday on the MHS campus.

This is a serious violation of the Missouri Safe Schools Act.

The individual responsible for the text is now in custody of the Marshall Police Department.

Although building and district administration have yet to find viable evidence of weapons on the MHS grounds, we take this type of threat very seriously and are increasing law-enforcement presence and other security measures on the MHS campus.

Classes will be held as usual and we will alert the you periodically during the day or at the point of further discovery.

As always, our first priority is the safety and welfare of our MPS students and staff. We will continue our stepped-up security measures through the rest of this week. Thank you for your continued support of Marshall Schools.”

The release is signed by MHS Principal Jim Heinzler and Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher.

KMMO NEWS will update this story as more information becomes available.