Parsons High School was on lockdown Tuesday morning as police investigated a threat.

According to Parsons police, the lockdown started about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Students overheard a conversation that mentioned persons needing to wear a bulletproof vest. Parsons police investigated the allegations thoroughly. It was soon discovered that the overheard conversation was misinterpreted and reported, which prompted the lockdown. 

Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd said, “We do not take any allegation of shootings in our school lightly. Students’ safety is our guiding principle for being involved in USD 503. We will take action for any report we may receive involving our schools, the students and faculty that attend. I hope that the students involved learn that some things are not able to be joked about and that the seriousness of their actions can cause alarm.”

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks added that this may have been a false alarm but the next time may not be.

“This is why the police respond quickly and take decisive actions in response. The students that reported the conversation did the right thing by following our motto of ‘see it, hear it, report it.’ This is the only way to keep our community safe.” 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation. Anyone with further information on this incident or any other criminal activity should contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, call the tip line at 421-7057 or email

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