Prosecutor David Clayton told the Courier-Post that his office carefully looked at the results of an investigation by the Hannibal Police Department before arriving at the decision.

The Marion County Prosecuting Attorney has declined to file charges against a student or students involved an alleged threat incident at Hannibal High School in February.

David Clayton told the Courier-Post that his office carefully looked at the results of an investigation by the Hannibal Police Department before arriving at the decision.

“After thorough review of the reports sent to my office by the Hannibal Police Department, and after having an in-depth discussion with school officials, no formal charges will be brought against any individual at this time,” Clayton said. “The report sent to my office focused on the person allegedly found in possession of brass knuckles and collaterally discussed the purported talk by one or more of a shooting threat. My office will continue to work closely with HPD and school officials to monitor this and any other situation that may arise.”

The Wednesday, Feb. 21, incident stoked fears for parents of students at Hannibal High School when a social media post indicated a possible shooting at the school. District administrators quickly disbursed a message discounting the rumor, although there was some confusion on if the school actually went into a lockdown mode.

The Courier-Post previously reported that while students were prohibited from traveling from class to class and doors were locked for a period of time on Feb. 21, the school was not on an official lockdown.

HPD officers remained at the school “well into the afternoon,” said Chief Lyndell Davis. School personnel and police conducted interviews in the days following the incident to determine if any criminal activity took place.

The incident at HHS took place one week after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in southeastern Florida.

According to school district leaders and local police, safety of students at Hannibal schools continues to be a topic of discussion.

The district, in conjunction with the police department, is hosting an event at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 15 at the HHS cafeteria to teach basic concepts of response to an emergency to students, staff, and the community.

The presentation, titled A.L.I.C.E., stands for “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.”