McPherson police charge 15-year-old with threat against high school

By Chris Swick
January 28, 2016

A McPherson teenager is facing criminal charges after allegedly leaving a threatening note in a boys' restroom at McPherson High School Tuesday.

The McPherson Police Department did not release the name of the 15-year-old boy who was charged due his juvenile status, but did state he will be charged with Aggravated Criminal Threat in the case, which has been sent on to the McPherson County Attorney's Office for review.

Additional charges may also be filed against the student, and the MPD stated in a press release other students may be charged, as well.

The note did apparently name a student, though the investigation showed that student had no involvement in the creation or dissemination, according to the police department. The department credited a student and a parent for acting on an observation of suspicious activity and reporting it for the quick resolution of the incident.

Prior to the announcement of charges, USD 418 Superintendent Mark Crawford stated the district was pleased with how the situation was handled.

“We couldn't be more happy with the police department and working with them, their expertise and their increased presence,” Crawford said. “We've been talking about it as a school board [hiring] a school resource officer. We want to continue to pursue that and just have that presence there at our schools and at our events.”

Crawford also wanted to reassure parents and students alike that the incident was taken seriously and all precautions were taken, including an increased police presence at the high school Wednesday.

“We have safe schools,” Crawford said. “We have a lot of precautionary methods in place. Anybody coming into our school has to be buzzed in.”

The student facing charges could also face disciplinary action from USD 418, though the district had not announced any such actions as of this morning.