Extra police officers were keeping an eye on students at Hall High School in West Hartford on Tuesday after someone threatened to carry out a shooting.
The threat was discovered by police on Monday night after police say a student reported that it came in through a text.
Police said they went to many homes in West Hartford looking for the source. They investigated several leads.
After an investigation, officials were able to determine that the threat “was only an unfounded rumor that was perpetuating itself.”
“We take any and all rumors or threats very seriously and will investigate all of them,” West Hartford Police Lt. Ted Stoneburner said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Due to the volatility of this type of incident,” police said there will be extra patrols at Hall High School on Tuesday. However, Stoneburner said police “don’t anticipate any issues.”
“Of course I'm concerned, it's my grandson,” Ann Keefe, of West Hartford, said.
The extra officers were an unfamiliar sight for parents on Tuesday morning.
“I just feel really bad for the kids going to school nowadays,” parent Pauline Wages said. “Every day you go to school, you're just unsure of what's going to happen and it must be terrifying for them.”
With the recent shootings and the anniversary of Sandy Hook coming up, they’re taking no chance. Security is tightened and it’s what these parents and grandparents like to see.
“I think it's great. There should be more attention to all these threats,” Keefe said.
“That would give me more peace of mind, knowing that my children are protected,” Wages said.
Freshmen Yavon Rivera and Saad Saud left school in the middle of the day after being concerned about the rumor of the threat.
"They said something was going to happen in 6th period and I didn't want any part of it, so I left," Rivera said.
The threat is being investigated and police said since it triggered such panic, arrests will be made if they ever find the source of the threat.
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