Mart residents may notice an increased police presence around Mart High School as officials investigate a threat made against students Tuesday night, Superintendent Betsy Burnett said.

School administrators became aware late Tuesday night of a threat a student made on Snapchat, Burnett said. Administrators notified police immediately and sent a notice to students' families Wednesday.

A student was arrested on a charge of terroristic threat Wednesday night, but the student's name was not immediately available.

"Upon learning of the threat, we immediately followed our school safety protocols and contacted local authorities," Burnett wrote in the notice to families. "Local authorities are continuing to investigate and the identified student will face student discipline measures."

The district passed a policy in 2018 that allows it to designate board members or employees who can carry a concealed firearm at school and related events.

"We have asked our families to discuss the day’s events with their child and emphasize the seriousness of this issue," Burnett said.

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Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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