Kevin Diercks, Chapman Police Chief, reported that his department got a call from administrators regarding a social media post that was a concern. A concerned student had brought it to their attention. “In this social media video was a short video of three individuals playing with a firearm. Two were Chapman High School students. That is all that the video included, no threats, no speaking, no voices, no threats were made against the school or anybody in particular.”
Diercks said one of the students had recently expressed an interest in the Columbine shootings, which led to a heightened concern that required authorities to take the situation seriously. “All individuals involved were located, detained and questioned. The video was not made in the City of Chapman, it was made in another community.”
Diercks confirmed the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office interviewed and investigated a couple of locations throughout the county but no threats were found. The Kansas Highway Patrol also helped in the investigation and no threats were found. Diercks added it did not appear any threats were made. “But the situation had to be taken seriously in this day and age. It appears everybody was safe, the school did go into lock down per their policy.”
The lock down went into effect about mid-morning and had ended by 1:15 p.m.
Two of the three individuals ( boys ) questioned in this case were students at Chapman High School. Diercks said at this time there are no charges. The individuals were detained, interviewed and released.