Horizon Middle School with cop car

Additional Kearney Police Department officers were at Horizon Middle School today, and had a presence at all Kearney Public Schools Wednesday morning.

KEARNEY — For the second time in five months a threat was discovered at Kearney’s Horizon Middle School.

The threat was discovered at 3:45 p.m., said Tori Stofferson, a KPS spokesperson. The written threat was found on a brick bathroom wall at HMS, 915 W. 35th St.

The “anonymous graffiti threat of violence” was for the last day of school, which is today, said Lt. Kevin Thompson of the Kearney Police Department.

It’s unknown how long the threat had been in the bathroom, if it was in a boys or girls bathroom or which bathroom. An email was sent to HMS parents and guardians notifying them of the threat, said Stofferson. 

Additional officers were at HMS today, and had a presence at all Kearney Public Schools this morning. School was scheduled for a 2 p.m. dismissal.

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“We take everything seriously,” said Thompson. “We typically have officers at every school anyway. That’s just standard. Between the school resource officers and officers doing extra patrol we just try to have a presence at most schools.”

The threat would have been captured in video surveillance inside the school, said Stofferson.

On Jan. 9, HMS staff found a message on a student’s desk in a classroom concerning a bomb. A male Kearney teen was charged with felony terroristic threats in Buffalo County Juvenile Court in the incident, and later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disturbing the peace. He will be sentenced in June.

Anyone with information about Tuesday’s threat is asked to contact KPD at 308-237-2104 or Crimestoppers at 308-237-3424.

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