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Threat prompts Cardinal Ritter to cancel school Thursday

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Outside of Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School (Credit: KMOV) Outside of Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Classes at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School were canceled Thursday after police were notified of a possible threat.

Officials with the St. Louis Police Department said school administrators originally delayed the start of school Thursday as officers responded and met with administrators. 

After their meeting, the decision was made to cancel school for the day.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis told News 4 the threat involved violence but did not disclose any other specifics. A statement was released Thursday afternoon:

Within the past 24 hours, Cardinal Ritter College Prep administration was made aware of a possible threat made by a student toward the school.

Police were contacted immediately and are taking this alleged threat seriously. After consultation with the police and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Cardinal Ritter College Prep administration made the decision to cancel classes on Thursday, March 1, out of an abundance of caution and to allow the police to do their work. Parents have been notified that the school is cooperating fully with the police in their investigation to ensure the safety of students and staff. Cardinal Ritter College Prep administration does not anticipate any further disruptions to school functions due to the investigation into this matter.

As always, the safety of students and staff of Cardinal Ritter College Prep, and all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, is a top priority.

The follow-up investigation into the possible threat is being handled by the Juvenile Division.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis also said there was also a threat of violence at Bishop DuBourg High School. They said there was a threat made last week and that student was no longer enrolled in the school. The student then made another threat Wednesday night, prompting an extra police presence at the school as students arrived Thursday morning. 

The Archdiocese said the schools are working closely with the St. Louis Police Department regarding these threats. No other details have been released.

These are the second and third threats local police are also investigating for Thursday. Late Wednesday night, the Chesterfield Police Department opened an investigation after a Parkway West High School student made a threat on Snapchat.

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