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Alleged threat leads to special board meeting

Thursday, October 2, 2003

BENTON - The Scott County R-4 School Board is meeting in a special session today in response to a report of threats by a student.

According to reports received by the newspaper, the incident began last week when two students, during out-of-school hours, were chatting on computers and one allegedly made death threats against himself and others.

Scott County R-4 School District Superintendent Don Moore said he interviewed the student and notified the juvenile office to investigate the incident.

"We have also talked to staff and concerned community members to see what additional information may be available concerning the student's threat potential," Moore said. "The parent has contacted the sheriff's office to also ask for an investigation, but one must remember the student is under the age of 17 which requires any investigation be done through the juvenile office."

According to Moore, the student who made the threats is not in school while the incident is under investigation. "We will make our determination at a later date as to the appropriate circumstances before the student will be allowed to re-enter school," Moore said.

The superintendent added: "We are doing everything we can to ensure student safety at the Kelly School District. We cannot guarantee that there will never be a violent act at school, however we take all necessary actions toward that goal."

The special meeting is to begin at 1 p.m. at the School Board offices.