MARION COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — A threat to an unknown individual forced several schools in Marion County to close Thursday.

USD 397 Centre-Lost Springs, USD 398 Peabody-Burns, USD 408 Marion-Florence and USD 410 Durham- Hillsboro-Lehigh canceled classes for the day.

According to the Hillsboro superintendent, the Marion County sheriff called the police chiefs in each community Thursday morning to inform them about a threat against schools in Marion County. The police chiefs then contacted the school superintendents, who had a meeting to decide if they would have school today.

In a news release, Marion County Sheriff Jeffrey Soyez said the threat was received at 12:30 a.m.

“Information was received from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Center stating a possible threat to an unknown individual in a Marion County School District of an unknown state. Due to the proximity of where the call was received the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with all local law enforcement agencies in Marion County, acted upon provided information by distributing it to local school districts in an effort to ensure the safety of staff and students. The investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and all local law enforcement agencies.”

Jeffrey Soyez, Marion County Sheriff