Collier police Chief Tom Devin said they’re continuing to investigate rumors of violence at Chartiers Valley High School on Friday, but insisted parents should not be afraid to send their children to school.
“We’re taking it as a legitimate threat and we’ll be acting on it that way,” Devin said. “But I would send my kids to school. I don’t see any reason not to send them from what I’ve hearing.”
He said investigators are following other leads with more students apparently spreading rumors through Facebook, text messages and email. However, he said they have found no credible threats and believe students may have “made it up as a joke or a way to get out of school.”
“Looking at the scheme of things and the information we’re getting, it’s looking like it’s something kids are making up,” Devin said. “I’m looking at Friday as a normal day of school. But we are going to be up there, we’ll have a car up there and we’ll have people up there. That’s just like we’ve been doing lately.”
The high school co-principals posted a letter on the school district’s website Tuesday making parents aware of rumors about an “act of violence at the high school” on Friday. However, they said Collier police and school administrators found the rumors to be “unsubstantiated.”
Still, that created unease with parents who posted comments on the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page and an article published on Tuesday about the situation. Some complained the rumors were not being taken seriously while others said they might keep their kids out of school.
Devin dismissed that notion and said they’ll file charges against any student who may have initiated the rumors or spread them with malicious intent.
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