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17-year-old arrested after threat made to Kennett High School

Deonte Stracener (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department) Deonte Stracener (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department)
KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

A 17-year-old former Kennett student was arrested after police say he threatened students at Kennett High School.

Deonte Stracener, 17, is charged with making a terroristic threat. 

Kennett police started investigating after students notified the high school administration around 9 p.m. Thursday of threats made to high school students.

Police say Stracener made threats on a social media site that he was going to go to the Kennett High School on Friday and shoot people and also posted a picture of a firearm.

Kennett Superintendent Chris Wilson says the threat was made by a former student who recently move from the district to Cape Girardeau.

Stracener was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Friday in Cape Girardeau. He was taken to the Dunklin County Justice Center. His bond is set at $100,000 cash only.

The Kennett Police Department made the arrest with the help of the Kennett High School, Dunklin County Sheriffs Office and Cape Girardeau Police Department.

Kennett schools were never on lock down.

Kennett Police Detective Sergeant John Higgins said the department wasn't taking any chances with the threat.

"This is not a thing to play with," Higgins said. "Our prosecuting attorney, I talked to him and he is on the same page as we are and we will prosecute these people under the full extent of the law. In this day in time there is no joking about this stuff."

The Campbell School District was on lock down Friday morning as a precaution after the threats on Facebook, according to Campbell Schools Superintendent Jay Thornton. The Dunklin County Sheriff's Department was at the school.

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