December 16, 2021:
Earlier today USD 430 was given notification from the Kansas Department of Safe and Secure Schools about a possible threat that has been distributed on TikTok. The post refers to a threat to schools across the country on December 17. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.
USD 430 has been in communication with the Horton Police Department and The Brown County Sheriff’s Department. We may have an increased police presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution.
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.
If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.
Jason Cline, Superintendent USD 430
Jonathan Boller, Horton Chief of Police
John Merchant, Brown County Sheriff