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Kelly Walsh High School

Cars come and go from Kelly Walsh High School on Monday afternoon.

The Casper Police Department investigated and cleared a potential threat related to Kelly Walsh High School on Wednesday.

The Natrona County School District posted on Facebook late Wednesday night that they received a report of an “alleged threat impacting student safety at Kelly Walsh High School.” The district notified the police department, which investigated and determined there was no threat.

Sgt. Mike Ogden said police and the FBI conducted a joint interview of the student who was alleged to have made the threat and determined there was no risk to student safety.

The FBI was brought in because the threat was considered potentially terroristic in nature.

Ogden said the school district called police at around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. The student was interviewed an hour later off campus.

Other details are unclear. Spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said she couldn’t release information about who made the threat because of student privacy laws. Nor could she say if anyone specific was targeted or if the threat was made toward the school in general.

She did say it was unrelated to Monday’s incident at Kelly Walsh, when a 17-year-old female student was sexually assaulted in the parking lot. An older man made a comment and started to put his hands on the student, who managed to push off her attacker and get in her vehicle.

The suspect, described as a 6-foot tall white man between the ages of 35 and 40, fled north from the school. He is still at large.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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