Platte County High School receives phoned-in bomb threat

The Platte County R-3 School District held activities as normal Monday, Dec. 12 despite a bomb threat phoned into the school.

According to a district alert, the call came into the Platte County High School welcome center at about 11:40 a.m. The caller was anonymous but indicated a bomb threat to Platte County High School.

Staff and administration responded in accordance to school safety measures and worked with the Platte City Police Department to conduct a threat assessment. Authorities deemed the threat not credible, but the district implemented additional safety precautions, according to the news alert.

The threat remains under investigation.

The threat comes during an unfortunately busy month for the district. During the past two weeks, administration also dealt with a threat of gun violence on social media at Platte City Middle School, and a Park Hill High School student was found on the Northland Career Center campus with a large knife while authorities were investigating a separate threat of gun violence.

“Platte County School District takes school safety very seriously,” the district sent in its safety alerts. “Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about the seriousness of making such threats to the safety of our schools and students, and that such threats have the potential for consequences. In addition, school safety is the responsibility of the entire school community.

“We appreciate your partnership in maintaining a safe and caring environment for our learners.”

The district asks that students and patrons follow the principle of “see something, say something.” If anyone (student, parent, staff member, community member) sees or hears anything of concern, they are asked to contact the district office at (816) 858-5420 so that those concerns can be investigated.