DA files charge against Topeka teen who threatened school shooting

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A Topeka teen was arrested Tuesday after making threats of violence against Topeka West High School has had criminal charges filed against him.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Thursday that he has filed criminal charges against Isaiah Hodge, 19, of Topeka.

Hodge faces charges of Aggravated Criminal Threat after threatening to conduct a school shooting at Topeka West High School earlier in the week.

Topeka West High School was put into secure campus protocol Tuesday afternoon as Topeka Police worked to investigate an external threat to the school.

Topeka Police Lieutenant Andrew Beightel said Shawnee County Dispatch received a call from a citizen around 1:00 p.m. saying they had information about a person who made violent threats to Topeka West High School.

TPD then contacted 501 and 501 police, who worked with TPD to ensure the safety of the students, prompting the ‘secure campus’ protocol.

Officers tracked down the parties involved with the threat, leading to the arrest of Isaiah K. Hodge, 19, of Topeka.

Hodge was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on the charge of Aggravated Criminal Threat on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Topeka Public Schools says Topeka West was put into “secure campus” at around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday because of a “community matter.”

“There was an external threat which out of extra caution we put Topeka West on secure campus,” said Misty Kruger, Director of Communications for Topeka Public Schools. “TPD and TPS Police worked the case and were able to make contact with an individual. Once contact was made, the secure campus was lifted and classes resumed as normal.”

Students and faculty could move around the campus but there was an extra police presence.

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