Teen suspect shoots self after threat to high school

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ASHLAND, MO (KTVI) – A threat against a central Missouri high school turned deadly for the student believed to have originated the threat.

Southern Boone County High School got a threat in the form of a text message at around 10:30pm on Monday. According to a release from police they deemed the threat to be credible. The school district cancelled classes for the day as officers searched the school. Police used trained dogs to search the school for explosive devices.

Police went to the home of the Ashland High School student who they believe sent the threatening text message and tried to take him into custody. The 17-year-old shot himself in the chest with a handgun while officers were trying to arrest him. Police say he turned the handgun on himself.

The teen suspect was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. The name of the teen suspect has not been released.

Classes will resume on Wednesday for Southern Boone County Schools. Grief counselors will be available to students and staff.