HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- According to Northwest R-1 School District superintendent Dr. Desi Kirchhofer, students reported to a teacher on Thursday that they overheard two boys talking about harming other students during class.
"We had a couple of students who were in class making some concerning comments and writing some things on a piece of paper,” said Kirchhofer.
An investigation found that the boys had made a list of first names but had not been talking about guns, instead they spoke about using poisonous gas and tanks.
The school resource officer, who’s with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, assisted school officials and concluded there was no credible threat.
But Kirchhofer said the two boys and the other students in the school learned some valuable lessons.
"First of all, you can't make jokes about any possible dangerous situation or threatening situations. So we want to make sure they know it's not a joking matter. And then the second message, still if you hear something contact a trusted adult and turn it in so we can handle it," said Kirchhofer.
The principal of the middle school sent an email to parents on Friday informing them of the investigation and its conclusion. The boys have been disciplined by the school but juvenile authorities haven’t decided whether they’ll be charged with any crimes.