Daviess County Schools Increase Security After Threats Received Against Children in Northwest Mo.

(St. Joseph News Press) –  The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to report any suspicious activities after threats were received in the region.

Deputies said they received information from an outside agency that there was a threat of violence against children in Northwest Missouri. The threat of violence is being investigated by multiple agencies.

According to a letter to parents from Terry Mayfield, superintendent of North Daviess R-III school district, Buchanan County officials received a letter from an inmate at Crossroads Correctional Facility that included threats to county officials. The letter also made demands, and said if the demands were not met “then there was a threat to harm children in DeKalb and surrounding counties in Northwest Missouri.”

Mayfield’s letter said no specific schools were targeted, but Daviess County schools – including North Daviess – were increasing security in response.

“Once more information is gathered over the weekend, the North Daviess school district will take all necessary precautions to protect the safety of our students,” Mayfield said in the letter.

A text alert also was sent by Gallatin R-V school officials, stating they are increasing security at their facilities. Hamilton schools also will be under increased security, according to an online post from Penney High School principal Tim Schieber.

People are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at 660-663-2031.