Santa Fe Trail schools closed Thursday due to threat

(WIBW) - A 15-year-old student was arrested for making a threat that caused USD 434 Santa Fe Trail officials to cancel class at all its schools for Thursday.

Superintendent Steve Pegram told 13 NEWS the district received the threat via social media Wednesday evening. He said it warned of a Columbine-style event.

Osage Co. Sheriff Laurie Dunn says her office was notified of the threat around 6 p.m. Wednesday. She said a 15-year-old male student was arrested about an hour later. Dunn said the threat was verbal, with no weapons or explosives involved.

Pegram said the district made the decision to cancel classes out of an abundance of caution, while the investigation continued to make sure no one else was involved.

Several parents told 13 NEWS they received phones calls from the district, informing them of the decision. The district did post on its Facebook page that junior high school track athletes will still travel to a meet in Sabetha, with buses leaving from Carbondale Attendance Center.

Dunn said the case will be forwarded to the Osage Co. Attorney to consider formal charges.

April 20 is the anniversary of the 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado. Two students killed 13 people before taking their own lives.