One student detained in threat made at Blue Springs South High School

Mike Genet

Blue Springs police and school district officials say they identified a 17-year-old student responsible for one of the threatening graffiti messages found this week in a restroom at Blue Springs South High School and that student is in custody. 

A spokesperson for Blue Springs police said the department took a 17-year-old male into custody Thursday, and he was transferred to juvenile detention.

Police and the school district continue to investigate the case.

Blue Springs South Principal Ryan Gettings said in messages Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon to school families that additional public safety officers would be at the school through the coming days as a precaution.  

The school was not on lockdown Wednesday or Thursday, district spokesperson Katie Woolf said Thursday afternoon, and there has been “no disruption to the school day this week.” No weapons were found at the school, she said.

Students and buildings officials found a threatening message scrawled in a restroom at South on Wednesday and at least one other threatening message in another restroom Thursday. In general, the messages referred to an act of violence that would occur later in the week at the school, and some included an image of a gun. 

Gettings said in Thursday's message the district identified a student responsible for Thursday's graffiti and will follow district protocol regarding punishment. 

Woolf said the messages didn't change the district's safety or security responses, but understandably the community could have found them alarming given the multi-fatality shooting Tuesday at a high school in Michigan. Several parents posted on social media that their child wouldn't attend school on the day mentioned in the graffiti messages. 

Gettings wrote that investigators have been working “tirelessly” on the case, thanked those who had reported the graffiti and encouraged people to notify school staff of “any potential threats to our school.”