School Releases Statement in Bakersfield, MO Threat Investigation

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BAKERSFIELD, Mo. — Bakersfield High School will have additional security measures and counselors available to students and staff on Monday after a verbal threat was made Friday, according to a news release school officials issued Saturday.

Derek Beaver, 19, was arrested and charged with terroristic threatening in the case, according to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.

Here is the statement from the school:

On Friday morning, school officials were made aware ofa  single verbal threat that had been made off campus that was directed at the school. School officials immediately notified law enforcement and followed school protocol. No weapons were on school property, and there was no imminent threat to student or staff safety. The district is fully cooperating with law enforcement and they will handle the investigation from here. 

We cannot comment on individual student discipline, but all threats are taken seriously and we take all steps necessary to keep students and staff safe.

Monday, the school will be open with additional security measures. We will have counselors from area schools available to assist students and staff. 

This is a difficult time for our school and community. Student well-being is our first priority as we continue to provide a safe learning environment.”

Original story:

BAKERSFIELD, Mo. – The Ozark County Sheriff says a 19-year-old faces felony terroristic threatening charges in connection with a threat to the Bakersfield School District, marking the second threat incident this week.

Sheriff Darrin Reed announced Friday evening that Derek Beaver was arrested and charged after reportedly crafting plans to attack Bakersfield School, and that he had been planning the attack since September 2017.

Sheriff Reed says the school district learned of the threat and immediately contacted the sheriff’s office.

District superintendent Dr. Amy Britt told Ozark Radio News that a student in the school system made an alleged threat earlier in the week, but the district wasn’t made aware of it until Friday.

Beaver reportedly stated he had in his possession an M-16 rifle, an AK-47, and other weapons that may have been used in the attack.

“Whether it was meant to be a joke or not, we take any and all threats seriously,” Britt said. “We followed school district protocol and contacted authorities.”

Britt reiterated that the district was never under an immediate threat at any district building, there was no lockdown implemented, and there were no weapons on the school campus.

Sheriff Reed says Beaver is currently incarcerated in the Ozark County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

(Ed Button, Ozark Radio News)

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