Update on KMS Safety Assessment

Message from KSD

Dear Kearney School District Families,

We want to provide you with some information regarding a situation we have been addressing at Kearney Middle School (KMS). Last week, a student notified a KMS counselor that a student made a concerning statement regarding a threat to harm himself or others. In the course of that investigation it was learned that past and unreported threatening statements were also made. The statements were immediately addressed in accordance to the discipline guide, which included reporting to local authorities and requiring the student who made the statement to complete a safety assessment by an outside licensed mental health provider prior to returning to school. This assessment was completed and the student was deemed safe to return to school. As an additional precaution, a safety plan was put in place to monitor the initial threats.

Once the student returned to school, a report was made that this student had made additional threatening comments. KMS administration immediately investigated the potential threat by interviewing all students and staff involved, and reviewed the video footage to corroborate statements. Because of the serious implications of this matter, the student in question will not be attending school until such time it is deemed appropriate.

The district will continue to work closely with the Kearney Police Department (KPD) to ensure the safety of students at KMS and across the district. There will be an increased presence by KPD at the middle school starting Monday morning.

The district is deeply committed to the safety of its students. We know this is a concerning topic and appreciate your patience as we’ve investigated this situation.

Dr. Bill Nicely, Superintendent