several tri-state schools were either closed or on high alert with extra police presence on campus today. good evening, welcome to 44news at 6 - i'm amanda decker. and i'm eli roberts. those decisions were made - after several school officials became concerned over rumors of threats made toward schools. 44news reporter amanda porter is here with what school officials have to say about making those decisions. amanda? these rumors or stories spread very quick, mainly through social media. one school corporation, south gibson, called off classes today, while five others in posey and dubois counties added police presence after the stories circulated something was going to happen at the schools during veterans day ceremonies. but officials say there were no threats, and most of what was spreading was incorrect and just a rumor. most of today's concerns can be traced back to tuesday's incident at north posey high school.
"a student was in class and a kevlar jacket was seen. he was told he couldn't have that and a principal got him and brought him to the office." north posey high school began an investigation working with local authorities as emails and text messages were sent out alerting parents and staff. because of this, says north posey high school superintendent todd camp, began a flux of social media rumors turning into real concerns for students and parents- eventually causing a soft lock down at both the junior high and high school in poseyville.
"we were working through them and the social media caused the 911 call to be called. there was no threat at the time because the principal had the student sitting in his office." indiana state police arrested one person in that incident, but that has not stopped rumors or concerns from circling around north posey high school and across social media , and even making their way to gibson county, where a repost on snap chat gave enough concern for the south gibson superintendent to postpone veteran's day programs and cancel school for the corporation.
"it was not a threat, and the repost itself was not a threat. um it was actually saying i heard...that something may, you know that something may.... it was not a potential threat at that point." law enforcement and school officials want the public to know there was no imminent danger or suspected violence at area schools, despite social media rumors.
"we are doing everything we can to make school as safe as we can and in talking to all those people and the agencies, we felt like there was no threat for people to fear that, i think social media