Police make one arrest after school violence threat

bbashioum@demo-mo.comMay 1, 2014 

Prosecutors have charged 17-year-old Daren Davis with a Class C felony after he was accused of making threats to cause a mass shooting Raymore-Peculiar High School.


School district officials said that they were made aware of statements posted by the student on social media in the evening of April 30. The statements referred to possible violence to occur on the morning of May 1 at the district’s high school in Peculiar.


After receiving multiple tips about the threat from the dispatch center, police made contact with the suspect at his Raymore home.


Police brought Davis to the Raymore Police Department for questioning.


After being read his Miranda rights, Davis admitted that he was acting alone and no that no other persons had been involved in the threats.


Davis stated that he only made the threats to gain the attention of others, and never intended to carry out any real assault.


“As with all threats of this nature, it was taken very seriously by everyone involved. However, after our investigation, it was our belief that none of the students and faculty of the school were in any real danger,” Raymore Police Department Cpt. Roger Mayberry said in a statement.


Davis was arrested and booked into the Cass County Jail on the morning of May 1. Prosecutors announced the charges against Davis later in the day.


“Making a terroristic threat is an offense we take very seriously,” Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley. “The safety of our children and everyone involved is a concern for the Prosecutor’s Office, the Raymore Police Department, the Peculiar Police Department as well as the Raymore-Peculiar School District.”


Davis is being held on a $10,000.00 cash/surety bond. As a special condition of his bond, he is not to enter any premises operated by the Raymore-Peculiar School District without prior express authorization from the court.


As a precaution, extra officers were at the school May 1.


“Any students involved in generating false rumors regarding school safety will be addressed through our discipline policy,” Raymore-Peculiar School District Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. “We appreciated the cooperation of local law enforcement to help ensure we have a safe school day.”

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