A threatening message was discovered in the boy's bathroom of the Perry Middle School on Thursday afternoon, a press release from Superintendent Clark Wicks and Chief Eric Vaughn said.
The Perry Police Department was made aware of the message, which was a threat to blow up the school. An investigation revealed there was no “imminent threat to the safety of the students at the Perry Middle School or other school facilities.”
In a separate interview, Wicks said Perry Middle School Principal Shaun Kruger discovered the threatening message in the boy's restroom. Kruger then contacted School Resourse Officer, Josh Sienkiewicz. Wicks added that they coordinated with Vaughn and an investigation was started.
After preliminary investigations, the press release said several possible witnesses were located.
“Suspects were also developed as to the persons potentially responsible for the writings. No charges have been filed as of this time and the investigation is ongoing,” the release continued.
Information was posted through the joint statement from Wicks and Vaughn on the Perry Community School District's website. Information was also sent out early Friday morning to those signed up for the school messenger system.
“In this case, we felt everything was safe and that it was investigated thoroughly,” Wicks said of the decision to hold school on Friday.
He added that administrators were greeting students as they came into the building on Friday. The school also had a police presence Friday morning.
“We're fortunate here at Perry with the great coordination that we have between the schools and Perry Police and the resources that they have to really dig into this,” Wicks said.
All threats are taken seriously, Wicks added, by Perry Schools and Perry Police. He added that they work together to assess each situation and determine if it is safe for school to be held or whether the buildings should be shut down.
“That is number one,” Wicks said of students' safety. “Is it safe for staff and students? That's what (we) always base that decision on.”
If parents or students have any additional information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call the Perry Police Department at 465-4636 or Perry Crime Stoppers at 465-5661.
For questions concerning this release, contact Chief Eric Vaughn at 465-4636 or Perry Superintendent Clark Wicks at 465-4656.