Thursday, December 20, 2012

Latest School Threats Surface in Idaho Panhandle

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Some Idaho parents are on edge after a string of rumors spread like wildfire this week, causing school officials to be extra vigilant about safety.

In the Treasure Valley, officials in the Meridian School District decided to cancel some assemblies scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, at Centennial and Mountain View high schools and have ramped up security in the wake of a handful of threat-related text messages.

And this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that rumors of pending violence this coming Friday "are spreading rampantly among school-age children in Kootenai County."

"We've run down every rumor, every Facebook posting. Right now, we have no valid threat," Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood told the Press.

The Press reports that school officials in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls sent out emails Wednesday to parents advising that the districts were working closely with local law enforcement agencies and investigating every allegation:

"At this point, nothing is substantiated other than a horrible rumor. Unfortunately in light of the tragic events from last week, even a rumor is striking fear in many of our students and parents."

While a number of Idaho school districts will have classes on Friday, the Boise School District will be dismissing its students this afternoon in what it calls "an early release," launching the holiday break for students, teachers and staff.

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