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UPDATE: Arrest Made in School Threat Case

KSAL StaffApril 6, 2017

Salina Police have arrested a teen in connection with alleged threats against a Salina school.

Police say that 15-year-old Sammi K. Nichols was arrested at a residence in Saline County. He is accused of threatening to carry out violence at Salina Central High School.

Nichols is accused of sending a message through Facebook Messenger indicating that he was going to “shoot up the school.” This information was relayed to the school, and the school resource officer.
As a precaution officials implemented heightened security measures.
Nichols could face a charge of making a criminal threat. He was placed in Juvenile Detention.
Things will be back to normal on Friday at the school

UPDATE: Things will be back to normal on Friday at a Salina school that was on heightened security on Thursday.

Salina USD 305 says that following a normal dismissal Thursday afternoon, they anticipate a normal day on Friday at Salina Central High School.

A threat prompted heightened security for the entire Thursday school day. At around 9:00 in the morning a message was sent to parents, notifying that heightened security was in effect.

According to Salina Police Captain Mike Sweeney, a threat prompted the heightened security. Sweeney said “a known individual made an indirect criminal threat against Central high School.”

Sweeney did not specify what exactly the threat was, nor did he identify the student who allegedly made the threat.


Sweeney said that classes were still taking place, but the school was on heightened alert. He said that appropriate actions were being taken to make sure all students are safe.


According to USD 305 the school was  in heightened security, not lock down. Exterior doors were locked, entry was monitored, and there was increased supervision as classes continued as scheduled.

ORIGINAL: Heightened security is in place at a Salina school.

According to USD 305, Salina Central High School is in heightened security. The heightened security is a precaution while police investigate an alleged threat.

The school is in heightened security, not lock down. Heightened security means among other things that there is an added police presence, and officials are extra vigilant. Business and classes continue as usual.]

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