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Superintendent calls Tates Creek High School threat 'unsubstantiated'


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A rumor that spread through social media, about a planned shooting at a Lexington high school, had parents concerned all weekend. School officials say that threat was unsubstantiated.

"Social media, texting and e-mail are great tools," says Dr. Tom Shelton, Superintendent of Fayette County Schools. "We're glad we have them, we're glad students use them. It's the digital age in which we live in. But they can also allow something like this to spiral out of control."

School officials say last Friday a student reported that a Tate's Creek High School student had made a threat involving some type of violence at the school. That student and his parents were questioned, but school officials say they found no evidence of any legitimate threat.

While the school investigated that situation, rumors began to swirl around social media sites over the weekend. That led school officials to send out an e-mail Sunday alerting parents that the rumors were untrue. That did little to stop social media posts and now school officials are setting the record straight.

"We always want to error to the side of caution," explains Dr. Shelton. "We wanted to make sure that we followed up on it. But the rumors that have continued to build even up through today to where now there were other schools indicated. But again, there were never any schools or individuals indicated in any threat. The rumors were completely unsubstantiated."

School officials say they still haven't been able to figure out how the rumor got started. They're looking into the possibility that these rumors may have been started as a form of bullying.

Despite the rumors, school officials say attendance at Tate's Creek High School was not lower than usual. Extra security was brought into the school Monday morning.


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