Topeka Police chief: ‘Everybody appears to be safe’ after Topeka High gun threat

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There is no threat to Topeka High students back to school after an online gun threat, according to the Topeka Police Department chief.

TPD Chief Bill Cochran sat down with morning anchor Brittany Moore on Monday morning to break down the department’s investigation into the threat. It surfaced Sunday night when a Topeka High student posted a picture of guns to Snapchat with the caption: “Y’all should be scared @ topekahigh.” Police said they took a young man into custody for questioning after looking into the post.

Cochran said the Topeka Police Department assigned a detective to investigate with a Joint Terrorism Task Force agent immediately after they saw the threat on social media.

“This one, it seemed to have a little bit more credibility at the beginning,” Cochran said. “By 11 o’clock last night, we had identified the source of the post. I guess today’s message is that we are safe and sound, and we feel very fortunate with the quality of people that we have working on this case.”

Cochran said they are still investigating the motive of the student who made the post.

“Maybe thy’re frustrated, they maybe lose focus of what’s going on in the moment, and sometimes they do things that they should not do,” Cochran said.

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