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Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative District
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Tom Flax or Matt Overlease
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Principal: Tom Flax
"We are 'locked down' in that ...
"We are 'locked down' in that we have all our outside doors locked," Principal Tom Flax said Friday.
"But indoors we are running a normal school day.
The classroom doors are not locked, the bell rings and the students go to their next class just like any other day."
explained that school administration was aware that two male students did not like each other, but there had been no physical conflict between them.
After school Thursday, a student and the student's mother brought to Flax's attention that some of the comments made between the two students had been threatening in nature.
"We went ahead and asked law enforcement to get involved and they looked into it, but it was tough to really nail down," Flax
"It was one of those, 'He said this, he
said that,' types of things."
However, stories about what was said spread throughout the evening among the student body and soon the story about the situation had taken on a life of its own.
"In this age of technology with all of the text messaging - before the evening was over the story was that there was going to be a gunman at school mowing down students," Flax
"We don't call a bluff on something like that.
I do believe this has gotten blown out of proportion, but I wasn't going to blow it off or not get the attention of law enforcement to take additional security measures.
"This is one of those things that you obviously wouldn't want to be wrong about."
and two sheriff's deputies combed over the school Thursday night to ensure that it was secure and also decided that deputies should be present to check bags Friday morning.
Throughout the day, Flax
has continued to gather information about the situation.
"We don't know at this point what our next step will be," he