Education

May 29, 2014

Ceres High violence rumors debunked

Rumors, apparently based on one Ceres High student’s threat against another, raised fears this week of campus violence, but investigators said the rumors were unfounded

Rumors, apparently based on one Ceres High student’s threat against another, raised fears this week of campus violence, but Ceres police investigators and school officials said the talk went far past the reality.

“We received a specific threat to a specific individual earlier this week. The police investigated and found there was no credibility to the threat. The school and police have taken action to be sure there is no threat to anyone,” said Jay Simmonds, assistant superintendent of the Ceres Unified School District.

Ceres police said Thursday that a school resource officer had investigated the information and determined it was false.

“It’s come to our attention there are rumors flying around that are unfounded and untrue,” Simmonds said. He said automated calls would go out to make sure parents had the facts. The Ceres school year ends June 5.

“School is continuing and students are safe,” he said.

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