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2 students in custody after alleged threat against Potosi High School


School leaders and local law enforcement are investigating after an alleged threat was made against Potosi High School staff members.

According to Superintendent Randy Davis, the threat was made on social media Wednesday evening.

“Social media can make the bad even worse, but it can also make the good even better," Davis said.

 Davis said if it wasn’t for social media and students reporting what they saw, thing could’ve been a lot worse

“Last night without us getting that information we would’ve not been prepared," he said.

Davis says two students are in custody. Police picked the students up at their homes before school on Thursday morning for questioning.

During the investigation, the district is taking extra steps to make sure everyone is in safe.

Davis said he appreciates the students stepping up in order to keep everyone in the school safe.

“Communication is a 2-way street and we try to inform the parents, staff and the students anytime we can," he said. "But it’s especially nice when students and the community lets us know what they’re hearing, seeing and what they’re reading.”

According to a district released to parents, security and precautions beyond the normal safety protocols were initiated throughout the entire district.

The Potosi Police Department says extra security measures were put in place to ensure the safety of the high school.

The district released the following statement to the public:

As always, student and staff safety is our primary concern. We will take any necessary steps to continue to create a safe environment for our students and staff. Also, we appreciate the information that was relayed to us and ask for continual communication with district administration and law enforcement as we strive to maintain safety and good order in the Potosi R-3 School District.

Davis says school is going on as normal on Thursday and he encourages students to not play around with situations like this, because they will be taken very serious.

“These comments whether made verbally or on social media, we must take serious, we will take serious!” Davis said.

Police say an investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about the threats you are asked to contact the school district or police.

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