Three juveniles face charges following potential threats to Hannibal Middle School students and staff.

Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis says the three 13 and 14 year old male juveniles were taken into custody on Tuesday. Police say an officer assigned as a school resource officer was notified Tuesday morning by school administrators of information regarding potential threats. The resulting investigation ultimately led to the juveniles being taken into custody. Police say the trio was released to the 10th Circuit Juvenile Justice Office. Chief Davis says “it would appear from initial findings in the investigation that the threat was just in the early stages of planning and not going to be carried out immediately.” Davis says the police department takes these situations very seriously and that this is one of the reasons the department has a partnership with the Hannibal School District including officers present on a full time basis at the high school and middle school.