Ray-Pec student, 17, accused of making threat against school

Ray-Pec student, 17, accused of making threat against school

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PECULIAR, MO (KCTV) -

A 17-year-old high school student is accused of using social media to make a threat involving school violence against Raymore-Peculiar High School.

Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley has charged Daren A. Davis with one count of making a terroristic threat. This is a felony.

Bond was set at $10,000.

Davis cannot enter any school district building without court consent.

The Raymore Police Department on Wednesday investigated a report that Davis had made a threat and interviewed him about the post that allegedly said there would be a mass shooting at the school.

"Everyone at the south building lunch room in the morning . . . don't go to school. There's gonna be a mass shooting I guess," the post said.

Police later determined there was no danger.

"Making a terroristic threat is an offense we take very seriously," Hensley said in a statement. "The safety of our children and everyone involved is a concern for the prosecutor's office, the Raymore Police Department, the Peculiar Police Department as well as the Raymore-Peculiar School District."

Davis was arrested Thursday morning.

The student was arrested Thursday morning. His home and the school were searched, but police did not find any weapons.

More than 10 extra officers are on duty at the high school Thursday.

"As a precaution, we will have several officers from the Peculiar and Raymore police departments as well as the Cass County Sheriff's Office at our schools today. Any students involved in generating false rumors regarding school safety will be addressed through our discipline policy," superintendent Kari Monsees said.

Officers thanked the parents who acted quickly in notifying police.

Because of fears about the threat, hundreds of students didn't attend class on Thursday. On a normal day, about 95 percent of students attend classes. The number plummeted to 66 percent on Thursday.

Some students said they didn't believe it was a credible threat, but understood that threats can't be ignored.

Heidi Oswalt said if someone planned a Columbine-type attack then they wouldn't threaten it publicly on social media.

"I figured if someone was going to shoot up the school just like Columbine they would have no idea. No one threatened (Columbine in advance) on social media," Oswalt said.

Others agreed.

"I think it was all a hoax really. I don't think he would have carried it out, but with you guys here and the police force here, I think they covered it pretty well," 15-year-old Jake said. "There were a lot of missing faces outside. In one of my classes, I counted 12 kids missing out of 24."

His mother agreed to him being interviewed as long as his last name wasn't used. She said she wasn't nervous about him going to school on Thursday.

"I felt the school district covered it just fine and there was no reason to keep him home," the mother said.

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