On Tuesday morning, the Kansas Highway Patrol along with their canine partners inspected each one of the USD 382 facilities, according to Superintendent Suzan Patron.
Further inspections were conducted by district instructional and custodial staff. Based on these inspections, along with Pratt Law Enforcement partners, we were able to determine the threats made Monday are unfounded and our buildings are secure.
“We know similar threats were sent to other schools in the Midwest. In addition, technology companies are cooperating with our technology department and police department.
This is a prime, teachable moment to share with children. Encourage them to share any questionable information with you and school staff. Keep the lines of communication open and always monitor their devices. You are our best partner in keeping our schools safe,” according to Patron.
“In addition, let your children know that any future “copycat” events, as a means to get out of school, will result in shortened holiday breaks and/or added days to the end of the school year. There will be consequences for these actions.
Lastly, this is a good reminder for all of us to stay vigilant. Every day we should have our ears and eyes open, not just when an event like this occurs. The saying “if you see something, say something” works for all of us. Please report anything that raises a red flag. Let me or our staff determine if there is concern. Being proactive, rather than reactive, is the best approach.
We look forward to welcoming students back to school Wednesday and will make every effort to help them feel safe and secure.”
PRATT COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities and USD 382 school district officials are investigating a threat at schools in Pratt.
On Monday afternoon, several Administrative and Support staff received a threatening email, according to a social media report Superintendent Suzan Patron.
Once received district officials immediately called the Pratt Police department, enacted the emergency response plan, and made contact with the email service provider to determine the origins of the threat.
With the information, administration determined they need more time to determine the origins and nature of the threat.
To provide the necessary time to properly investigate, the district canceled Monday night’s Scholars Bowl and are canceling classes Tuesday to allow for a full and proper inspection of each of the district’s buildings.
“Every threat must be taken seriously and must be addressed individually. I encourage you and/or your child to come forward if you have any information that you believe would be helpful in solving this case,” said Patton.
“We have great kids and staff at USD 382, it saddens me that threats like the one we are dealing with steal valuable time and effort away from students’ school experience. However, the principals and I will do our very best to keep our schools a safe and positive learning environment.”