SM East security report turns out to be rumor after investigation

A possible safety concern was reported at SM East this morning, but on investigation turned out to be a rumor. The district said the report was vague in nature, but school officials began an immediate investigation.

SM_East_ExteriorThe school did not go under lockdown and classes continued as scheduled. Students were not moved or evacuated. District spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal said the investigation followed the district’s safety protocols which chief of security John Douglass has been developing. Douglass has held town hall meetings at each of the five high schools to discuss with parents the district’s emergency plan and safety and security plans. Those meetings just concluded Wednesday night.

After the investigation “officials were able to determine that there was no credible threat or concern, and the information was simply a rumor,” Neal said. SM East principal John McKinney sent out a notice to parents about the issue, which said the district police worked with Prairie Village police and staff on the investigation.

“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We continue to encourage our community to report anything that could be a safety concern.   Each report is investigated immediately, and the appropriate authorities are involved in the investigation as needed,” McKinney’s message stated.