Mass shooting threat on Snapchat shuts down Kansas City-area schools, suspect in custody

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(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Multiple school districts in the Kansas City, Missouri, area closed their doors on Wednesday in the wake of a mass shooting threat.

The Blue Springs Police Department said someone called Tuesday morning to report a suspicious Snapchat post made by an individual "threatening 'killing people -- mass murdering.'"

No specific location was mentioned, police said, but the Blue Springs School District, the nearby Fort Osage School District and others decided to close as a precaution.

Blue Springs police said Wednesday morning that a suspect -- a male former student -- is in custody. Police later said the 19-year-old suspect has been charged with one count of making a terrorist threat.

There's no threat to the public, police said.

The FBI in Kansas City said it was notified of the threat but deferred further comment to Blue Springs police.

ABC News' Will Gretsky contributed to this report.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 11:37AM by Emily Shapiro, ABC News Permalink