A rumor of a "potential threat" at Gregori High School that began on social media has been determined to be 'NOT credible' by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, Modesto City Schools said in a Tweet on Thursday morning.
Sgt. Josh Sandoval said earlier Thursday morning that the school was aware of the situation, that there would be deputies present at the school campus this morning and that his department would be sending out more information later.
He said the rumor "spread like wildfire" on social media. He said there was "no articulate threat" made.
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Late Wednesday night on its Facebook page, the department issued the following statement: "Our Deputies are investigating social media rumors of a potential threat at Gregori High School tomorrow (Thursday). We will be working with school staff to ensure the safety of students and faculty. This investigation is on-going."
The Gregori campus is in north Modesto at 3701 Pirrone Road.
It's the second time this week that a Stanislaus County law enforcement agency was asked to investigate a "rumor" involving a Modesto City Schools campus.
On Wednesday afternoon, parents at La Loma Junior High School on Encina Avenue in central Modesto received a robo-call and a letter on dark pink stationery detailing a Modesto Police Department investigation into a "rumor."
According to the letter, signed by principal Dan Iverson wrote: "Last night our administration was made aware of a rumor regarding the safety of our students and campus. The Modesto Police Department was contacted immediately to investigate the matter. MPD completed their investigation and found no credible threat to student or staff safety. The school day proceeded as normal and school dismissed at its regular time."
At least one parent told The Bee on Wednesday night she was upset parents weren't alerted to the rumor before the school day started. She said she called the school in the afternoon for more details, but none were given.
Parents, students and faculty at school campuses across the nation have been on edge to the rumor or report of any threat since the deadly shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and faculty dead.
One student at Beyer High School shared Tuesday the emotional impact that shooting had on her.
"I started bawling and started crying to my mom, and we just talked together for a long time," junior Sophia Potochnik told The Bee's Deke Farrow. "I really didn't want to go to school the next day, and someone in my history class dropped a binder or something and it made such a loud noise that I jumped in my seat. That shouldn't be happening. ... "
Two days after the shooting in Florida, a 19-year-old former Gustine High School student previously convicted of threatening a school officer was arrested after posting a photo of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz with comments investigators described as threatening.
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