Threat Puts Region 8 School on Lock Down

SENATH, MO (KAIT) -- Law enforcement officers and school officials in Dunklin County, Missouri took precautionary measures Friday morning after an apparent threat was made toward students. No one was injured but the school spent the day on lock down.

All 803 students are safe at the Senath-Hornersville School District after a threat was phoned in Thursday night from a man in Illinois with a Southeast Missouri phone number.

"The threat came in and it stated that they wanted to do harm to our Hispanic and our black we wanted to get something done in a hurry there," said Superintendent Larry Wood.

The Missouri Highway Patrol, Dunklin County Sheriff's Department and Senath Police were all at the Senath-Hornersville school earlier Friday morning with a visible presence.  While law enforcement did not find anything, all campuses remained on lockdown throughout Friday as a precaution.

Superintendent Wood says his district has 220 Hispanic and about 40 African American pupils...but all of his students were taking the threat in stride.

"They know pretty well what has happened throughout the building but they take it very well and they've done a very good job of working with and going with it," said Wood, "Hopefully Monday morning we will go back to business just as normal."

Superintendent Wood says that the district must take every threat seriously but that the school has never had any previous problems of racial tensions or issues.  He also says no parents have come to pick up their kids early from classes Friday, nor have any of the students requested to go home from school early.

Also, the school did not cancel the basketball games scheduled for Friday night, they are still on.