SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police increased security at Glendale High School after a message threatening violence was found in a restroom.
Investigators do not believe the threat is credible. The threat comes one week after a security concern at the school.
A student discovered the message and immediately reported it. Investigators looked at surveillance video to see who had gone in the bathroom. They identified a suspect and conducted interviews.
The message threatened violence Friday at the school. One parent says kids did not come to school because of the security concern. The school district alerted Glendale parents and staff around 7:30 p.m. letting them know about the threat.
Last Friday morning, school police put Glendale High School on a lockdown because a former student got into the school and may have made a threat against a current student. Police caught up with the former student that evening. However, that remains under investigation. Investigators do not believe the two cases are connected.
Many parents and students are uneasy, with two threats only a week apart. But school officials assure parents, students and staff that they are doing everything they can to keep everyone safe.
"We want them to know we are in this together," said Stephen Hall of Springfield Public Schools. "We are looking out for the Safety and Security of everyone involved, and it does take all of us working together to Be watchful and to report things, even if we don't have a lot of information, so it can be looked into. That's what occurred in this situation."
School leaders say they not only had an increased police presence, but teachers increased supervision throughout the day as well. This investigation is ongoing, and while they don't believe it to be a credible threat, they encourage anyone with information to use the school district's text tip line at (417) 319-2901.