There was extra police presence at Topeka High on Monday after a threatening picture was shared on Snapchat.
The picture shows guns with a caption saying people at the school “should be scared.”
Topeka Police were able to find the source of the post.
Monday morning officers from the Topeka police as well as Topeka public school’s officers took extra precautions and patrolled school grounds.
Even though the student at the center of the controversy was detained, they wanted to make sure students and teachers felt safe.
“Out of an abundance of caution and especially to show the students and the staff that we’re going to provide that additional assistance so that they feel more comfortable coming into the school, so the parents feel comfortable,” said Topeka Public School’s Police Cheif Ron Brown.
Even though the picture was sent out over the weekend and off school property Topeka Public Schools spokeswoman Misty Kruger says the district does not tolerate threats to harm students.
“We take that very seriously, it’s not a joke, it’s not funny and we will use the full extent of the law to investigate and take those steps that are necessary.”
Kruger wouldn’t say what the punishment will be for the student involved.
Shawnee County District Attorney Michael Kagay wouldn’t comment on this specific case, but says when people make threats to schools, they could face felony charges.
“I would hope anytime anyone makes any kind of threat against a school district, that that school would bring it to the attention to law enforcement and bring those findings to me,” said Kagay.
Kruger says the district first found out about the picture after a parent called the district’s tip-line.
she encourages other students and parents to speak up when they come across that doesn’t seem right.
CLICK HERE to check out the districts tip line.