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Parents in the Northland got a message about a possible threat made against Oak Park High School. Parents in the Northland got a message about a possible threat made against Oak Park High School.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Parents in the Northland got a message about a possible threat made against Oak Park High School.

Capt. Tye Grant with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department said they received information about the possible threat Monday night and it was investigated.

Hundreds of families received an unexpected phone call from school administrators about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The alert read:

"This is Principal Mark Maus with an important message for our parents and school families.

"A safe and secure school is a priority for all of us, and when rumors arise, we act on them immediately.

"Early this morning, we received information of a possible threat to our school. With the help of local law enforcement agencies, we promptly followed up, and we were able to determine the source of the concern. Please know that no Oak Park students and staff were at risk at any time.

"I want to thank the individual who reported the information to authorities. It really does take the eyes and ears of the entire school community to keep our schools safe. I also appreciate our partners in law enforcement for their professionalism and prompt attention.

"Please take a moment to discuss this with your students at home. Remind them that any and all threats are taken seriously and can have long-lasting consequences under district policies and the Missouri Safe Schools Act."

The threat was based on a conversation an adult overheard. Details of that conversation were not released.

"All is well at Oak Park High School. No one was ever in danger. We commend the adult who reported the conversation she overheard so it could be fully investigated," said Mary Jo Burton, the district's communications director.

Some students KCTV5 spoke to were unaware of any kind of threat.

"I just think it is pathetic and then it usually just drops, so I don't think anything of it," student Rebecca Hughes said.

"It is scary, but I feel pretty safe at Oak Park," student Casey Newton said.

Both students also said there is a heavy security presence on campus which is why they feel safe.

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