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Free State's homecoming sees increased police presence after reports of threats on social media

The Lawrence Police Department had an increased presence at Free State High School’s homecoming football game Friday night because of reports of threats circulating on social media, according to a news release from the school district.

The news release provided no additional details about the nature of the threats.

“All security staff and personnel associated with the game will be on heightened alert and exercising extreme caution,” the release said. “We are informing the public of this information so individuals may consider it when making decisions about whether to participate in the game tonight.”

Free State Principal Myron Graber declined to comment on further details about the threats, but he said the school felt an additional security detail was a necessary precaution. He said the event would have already warranted an increased security presence because of the increased crowd size for homecoming festivities.

“We want to do everything we can to assure everybody is safe,” Graber said.

Graber said there were no incidents and everything was “business as usual” at the game.

Free State beat Shawnee Mission Northwest, 49-6.

Lawrence police did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday night.

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