Law enforcement officials investigated threats at two area schools Wednesday.

Savannah Police Chief David Vincent said a student has been placed under investigative hold at the Andrew County Jail for a threat he allegedly made regarding Savannah High School.

Police said students reported hearing an unspecified threat that was to be carried out Friday. The student who allegedly made the threat was questioned by school administrators and later evaluated by police, who took him into custody.

Mr. Vincent said the department is not releasing the type of threat involved, citing the continuing investigation. The Police Department will have an increased presence at the school through the rest of the week.

Meanwhile, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated a threat reported at Southwest School in Ludlow. About 9:45 a.m., the agencies responded to the school for a threat previously made to a staff member, the sheriff’s office said.

After an investigation, law enforcement officials found that none of the threats warranted further action.

During the investigation, in a search of the school’s parking lot, a deputy found a .22-caliber rifle in a parked vehicle. The rifle was not loaded, but additional .22-caliber shells were found in the vehicle.

The student affiliated with the firearm was found to be unrelated to the threat. Officials found that the student had no disciplinary issues and had reportedly made a mistake after hunting, leaving the firearm in the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office said school officials are taking administrative action, but no criminal charges were filed.

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