Threat reported at Vandalia-Butler schools, police investigating

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A student received a message on social media that “induced panic and fear,” according to Vandalia-Butler City Schools.

The student showed an adult, who contacted school administration. 

It is not clear what the message said.

The message was sent by a Butler High School student. They were not in class Tuesday.

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District officials reached out to Butler Twp. and Vandalia police to investigate the incident.

The district also will complete its own investigation.

“We want to assure parents and students that it is safe to attend school,” said Superintendent Robert O’Leary in a one call notification that went out to the district. “The safety and security of all our students, staff and visitors will continue to be a top priority for the district, and we will continue to take all threats seriously.”

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The district also thanked the student and parents who noticed officials of the threat and stressed that it is “essential when you see something concerning that you say something.” 

We will continue to update this story as more information is available.

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