The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 12, 2012

Charge filed in school district threat case

The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has charged a 21-year-old man with making terroristic threats that caused a lockout to be implemented Wednesday afternoon at Joplin public schools.

Keefe D. Rearrick was arrested Wednesday in connection with threats allegedly made the previous day. Joplin police have not said what threats were made or how they were made.

Rearrick remained in custody Thursday at the Joplin City Jail on a $3,000 bond.

Superintendent C.J. Huff ordered the doors at all schools in the Joplin School District locked at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday as a precautionary measure with respect to the threats. Students were kept inside and visitors to the entrances were monitored until about 2 p.m., when normal operations were resumed.

The Joplin Police Department issued a news release about 5:15 p.m. Thursday identifying Rearrick as the suspect who was arrested Wednesday. The news release provided no basis for the charge, and the probable-cause affidavit for his arrest could not be obtained Thursday.