A threatening letter taped to the front door of Healdton High School put local police on alert Wednesday.


Police Chief/Interim City Manager Gus Handke said by the time he responded to Principal Greg Raper’s report of the threat Wednesday morning, the school had already taken security precautions according to their own policies.


“It was the school’s decision to remain open,” Handke said. “I commend them for that.”

Police and school officials searched the school grounds, looking through lockers, trash cans and checking students with baggy clothing.


A threatening letter taped to the front door of Healdton High School put local police on alert Wednesday.

 

Police Chief/Interim City Manager Gus Handke said by the time he responded to Principal Greg Raper’s report of the threat Wednesday morning, the school had already taken security precautions according to their own policies.

 

“It was the school’s decision to remain open,” Handke said. “I commend them for that.”
Police and school officials searched the school grounds, looking through lockers, trash cans and checking students with baggy clothing.

 

The school has a video surveillance system, but have none that show the outside of the building where the note was posted.

 

The chief had police employees check for threats on Facebook and Myspace, but found nothing.

 

“The way things are nowadays, you have to take these things seriously,” he said. “That’s the climate we live in today. That’s society.”

 

Carter County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Gary Smith and Deputy Josh Robinson assisted Handke in preparing a map of the school and a list of absentee students for Wednesday in order to counter any potential threat. He said a letter would be sent home to parents notifying them of the threat.

 

He said the letter didn’t threaten any one person or group of people specifically, and steps would be taken to ensure extra protection for students and teachers.

 

“We’re just going to have extra patrol down there and have an officer there during the day until school’s out,” he said. “We just need to get through the rest of the year.”