Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - The principal at River Bluff High School says rumors of a threat made against the school appear to be false.
Principal Luke Calmp sent a message to students and staff Thursday in an effort to combat the claims. He says someone is making a claim that one of the students has threatened to harm himself or herself and other students.
So far, Clamp says it appears this is an urban legend that's being passed from student to student.
"It is rapidly being told and retold with enough realistic type details to make it believable," Clamp wrote.
He said the district is taking the rumors seriously, however, and both the school resource office and the Lexington County Sheriff's Department are looking into the claims.
He said he's asked student to stop spreading the rumor. He is though, saying that anyone can anonymously repot concerns by calling 803-821-1232 or by contacting Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Here is the full statement:
River Bluff High School is working hard to combat a rumor, and we need your help.
Right now, there is a prevalent rumor that one of our students has threatened to harm himself or herself and other students.
The story has become one of those urban legends - a story told as fact based on a mixture of truth and fantasy, which is passed from person to person, and is perpetuated by some general panic. It is rapidly being told and retold with enough realistic type details to make it believable.
Are we taking these rumors seriously? Of course, we are. Administrators at the school and our School Resource Office from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department continue to investigate any and all rumors. Thus far, every rumor has turned out to be just that - rumor.
Students, please do not pass along the rumors you hear to your neighbors or friends. That just encourages panic. However, you should immediately report any rumors you hear to a school administrator or our School Resource Officer, Deputy Ron Byrd. They will investigate and turn it over to the police, if necessary.
Remember, too, that we have a Tip Line (803-821-1232) where you can anonymously report concerns. There is also another one run by the Crime Stoppers program, which also takes reports of school crime. That telephone number 1-888-274-6372.
Thank you for your help. Together we can continue to keep our schools safe and free from rumor.