SMITH CENTER — A person suspected of making a bomb threat to the Smith Center Junior Senior High School was taken into custody Monday.
Students were evacuated from the school in the Smith Center district after a threat was made.
Sharon Wolters, Smith County clerk and public information officer, said that a “communicated bomb threat” was made at around 10:30 a.m. at the Smith Center Junior Senior High School.
Smith Center Superintendent Ron Meitler said a student found a note at the school claiming there was a bomb, but he did not know specifically where the note was found.
The contents of the note were not released, but specific information was made “in some verifiable manor,” Wolters said.
“They removed the kids from the high school and for safety reasons they removed the elementary children to the courthouse lawn,” she said.
By noon most of the elementary students were released to parents.
Meitler said the school parking lots were blocked off with cars still in them, and buses took home many students.
The Smith Center police were being assisted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, Smith County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Parks, Wildlife and Tourism officers.
Law enforcement was securing the premises and searching the schools, Wolters said.
No other information about the suspect or the circumstances surrounding their arrest was available Monday afternoon.