Sedalia School District 200 administrators say they are aware of a social media threat that has been made against Smith-Cotton High School.

The threat allegedly involved someone making a social media post about a shooting to take place, although the threat has not been validated by law enforcement.

However, a press release from Sedalia 200 says local law enforcement are conducting an investigation.

Sedalia 200 says, at this point, nothing has been found to validate the content of the threatening post.

The press release emphasizes that Sedalia Police and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office are prepared to support administration, students, and teachers at schools on Thursday morning.

The district is encouraging families to follow normal routines Thursday morning.

At this time no other details are available, but the district says if more information becomes available, it will be shared with district families, students, and the community.

If anyone has information about the case, call the Sedalia Police Department at 660-827-7823.

UPDATE: Sedalia School District 200 issued the following statement Thursday evening around 6 p.m.:

Sedalia School District 200 administrators would like to thank the faculty and staff of Smith-Cotton High School for their efforts to ensure a safe and productive day on Thursday. As we look to Friday, we will continue to have increased security presence inside the high school and around the campus.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials are diligently working on the case involving the social media threat made against the high school, but as it is an ongoing investigation, we do not have new details to share at this time.

We want to thank the Sedalia Police Department, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work on the case and for their support of our students and staff members. Again, we encourage families to follow normal school day routines Friday morning.

If more information becomes available, we will share it with our district families, students and the community. If you have any information to help with the investigation, please contact the Sedalia Police Department at 660-827-7823.

Kurt Parsons