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GBHS plans extra police presence Wednesday
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Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess said precautions are being taken Wednesday in light of an implied threat of a school shooting on March 7.
There will be an increased police presence in the building and around its perimeter that day, Friess stated in an email that parents of GBHS students received Monday morning.
“We take the safety of our students very serious. We will continue to do all that we can do to ensure that safety every day,” the email states.
On Feb. 21, a student discovered that someone had written “March 7 Shool Shooting” on a men’s bathroom wall, with the word “school” misspelled. The police were called to investigate and, by using school cameras, possible suspects were identified. Parents of GBHS students were notified the following day and at that time Friess noted, “Of the students and parents contacted, there is not any immediate availability or capability of carrying out a shooting.”
In this week’s email, Friess wrote:
“Again, this is only precautionary steps in response to the implied threat, not in relation to any other specific information or separate incident. Thank you for your help in this matter. I do not want to scare anyone, just provide as much information as I can to help in the situation.” He invites parents with any specific questions or concerns to “feel free to visit with me at any time.”