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Superintendent Explains Reason for Increased Police Presence at KCR-1 School District

Rumors have been swirling throughout Knox County about increased police presence and a possible threat, which are largely unfounded. According to KCR-1 Superintendent Andy Turgeon, an increased police presence was due to writing found on a wall in one of the high school bathrooms. Students are not in danger.

The following message has been sent to parents by the KCR-1 Superintendent Andy Turgeon Thursday afternoon, March 15, 2018.

The Knox County R-I School District in Edina, Missouri has received a number of inquiries regarding an incident that occurred on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. We want the school community to have accurate and current information. Therefore, we are providing this statement, and will provide additional information, to the extent permitted by law, as it becomes available.

On Wednesday, at approximately 3:10, p. m., the district received a report that the statement, “school shooting coming,” had been written in a non-prominent area of the boys bathroom at the high school. The statement was not written in large letters and was actually difficult to find when the administration inspected the bathroom. The incident was reported to law enforcement and an immediate investigation was initiated. The investigation included procedures that we cannot discuss specifically, because they are part of the school district’s security plan. However, we can tell you that based upon all of the information available, it was determined that no immediate threat of harm existed. That is why school is in session today.

Nevertheless, the statement has caused great concern and disruption in the Knox County Schools, and in the wider school community. Board of Education policy and the Student Code of Conduct provide consequences for this type of misconduct, and the policies and Code of Conduct will be followed in this situation. Of course, we cannot now and will not in the future be able to provide specific information about student discipline. But we can assure you that appropriate measures have been and will continue to be taken to prevent any recurrence of such conduct.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important to the school district than the safety and security of our students, staff, and others present on school premises, at any time. We will take every permissible measure to ensure that safety, at all times. We thank the students, staff, parents, and patrons of the district for their support in connection with this incident – and at all other times.