Junction City Police Chief Dan Breci says there will be discussions with the students at Junction City Middle School on Monday. Authorities also plan to visit with the students at the Freshman Success Academy and the Career Academy students of Junction City High School.
The talk will center around the recent arrest of seven students, six of them at the City Middle School, in connection with alleged threats at school or to a school.
Breci said on JCPD Captain Trish Giordano met with middle school personnel on Friday and informed them it’s time to talk to the students. Breci stated, “We’re going to meet with each class ( at City Middle School ) at 8, 8:30 and 9. And I think we’re hoping to do the same thing with the Freshman Success Academy and the high school.”
Breci called this situation a sad thing that could affect the rest of the students’ lives. “Parents have got to get it in their heads talking to their children that this is really serious stuff. So we hope that we can stop it come next week.”
The Junction City Police Department has reported the arrest of two more Junction City Middle School students on suspicion of Criminal Threat. Both were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.
According to the JCPD the School Resource Officer was made aware of two students who were overheard making a threat to the school. After conducting an investigation both students were arrested.
Members of the police department and USD 475 met Friday on this reoccurring issue. Police said that the JCPD and USD 475 will maintain a close working partnership to address any safety concerns that may arise and will continue to keep the public informed.
The police Public Information Officer Trish Giordano noted these issues are not unique to Junction City. School districts around the United States are experiencing similar incidents. School safety is a top priority and they will work together with the community and school district to assist in maintaining a safe learning environment for the students.
In recent days six Junction City Middle School students have been arrested in connection with alleged threats to or at the school. Another 14-year old Fort Riley resident was arrested in connection with an alleged threat to the Freshman Success Academy in USD 475.