Sep 23, 2022

Clarification: Boy arrested after alleged threat at Salina South

Posted Sep 23, 2022 7:17 PM

The Salina Police Department Friday afternoon released a clarification of its report to media Thursday concerning a criminal threat at Salina South High School. From the Salina Police Department:

On September 22, 2022, a press briefing from the Salina Police Department was made to local media with regards to a bomb threat made at Salina South High School.

On September 21, 2022, a School Resource Officer was made aware of a threatening statement made to students. The statement indicated that in the future a bomb would be brought to the school.

Some reporting has stated that the threat indicated that there was a bomb in the school. TO BE CLEAR, there was never an indication a bomb was inside the school, there was never any indication that the students or staff were in any immediate danger.

Any threat made against a school is taken seriously and when corroborated by independent witnesses is considered a credible threat and the appropriate action is taken, to include charging the individual(s) involved when probable cause exists. The individual in this case was arrested and charged with Criminal Threat.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thursday's story in the Salina Post included information that a boy had made a "verbal threat concerning a bomb in the school." Which he did, based both on what information was provided to media Thursday and the clarification from the Salina Police Department on Friday. That information in the Thursday story in no way indicated that a bomb was in the school at the time the statement was made. 

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<b>The Magnolia Road entrance to Salina South High School.</b> Salina Post photo
The Magnolia Road entrance to Salina South High School. Salina Post photo

Salina Post

A Salina boy was arrested Wednesday after a bomb threat allegedly was made at a local high school.

A staff member reported to the school resource officer that a 16-year-old boy had made a verbal threat concerning a bomb in the school to a group of people at Salina South High School, 730 E. Magnolia Road, on Wednesday, Salina Police Captain Gary Hanus said this morning.

Police were able to establish that the report was credible and the boy was taken into custody. Hanus said the boy was arrested on a requested charge of criminal threat.

No bomb was found.