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Police at Okawville High School again, but still mum on Snapchat threat

Okawville principal message to parents Thursday night

Principal Keith Senior sent another audio message to parents Thursday night as the police investigation continued into a Snapshot threat reportedly made against the Okawville Junior/Senior High School on Wednesday evening.
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Principal Keith Senior sent another audio message to parents Thursday night as the police investigation continued into a Snapshot threat reportedly made against the Okawville Junior/Senior High School on Wednesday evening.

Police remained silent Friday morning as the investigation continued into a Snapshot threat reportedly made against the Okawville Junior/Senior High School on Wednesday evening.

Principal Keith Senior sent another audio message to parents Thursday night.

"At this point this is still a police investigation, they are still investigating the matter," he said in the message. "This is a police matter, not a school matter. So we are letting them handle it."

He added there would be police presence at the school Friday to "make sure your students are safe and try our best to protect them," he said in the message.

One parent said most of what she had heard concerning the threat was "not from reliable sources."

"There's not a lot of information being released, I guess because of the minor (involved)," said Kendra Rennegarbe, of Okawville, who has children ages 7 and 12.

She believes the threats stem from a bullying situation. Rennegarbe said she has heard that both threats, the latest one and one made earlier this year, specified students who would be targeted.

"I think there’s not enough communication between parents and the school. I think there should be more talk about this sort of thing," she said Friday afternoon.

"I believe it all comes down to bullying ... in Okawville, especially," she said of those who make threats against schools.

Rennegarbe kept both of her children home on Thursday but sent them to school Friday.

"I want my kids to be able to go to school. I don't want them to worry, but I do want them to be aware," she said.

Senior originally sent out a robocall to parents Wednesday night, informing them of the threat. He sent another one Thursday morning.

Parents at the Wednesday night basketball game were reacting to the threat within minutes of its post, according to Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop.

Okawville Police declined to comment and said the department would release information at a later date.

Washington County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy John Kennedy was at the school Friday morning. He declined to comment but said he was at the school to talk with concerned parents as a courtesy to the Okawville Police Department.

Okawville police were stationed outside the Okawville Junior/Senior High School on Friday morning as the investigation continued into a Snapshot threat reportedly made against the school on Wednesday evening.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck

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