2nd Springs school in 2 days to increase security for rumored threat

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A District 20 school is increasing security Tuesday following rumors of a threat targeting the campus.

A district spokesperson said the rumors were sparked Monday when some students at Mountain Ridge Middle School thought they overheard a classmate making threats towards the school. The potential threat then spread across social media.

"Our school administration immediately contacted the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) and Academy District 20 (ASD20) security. After conducting a thorough threat assessment, we do not believe there is a safety concern to our students or school," Principal Jeffrey Sterk wrote in a letter to parents.

Sterk complimented students and staff for "maintaining their focus on learning" Monday "amidst a sea of social media."

Though police and faculty do not believe there is any danger to students, the school is heightening security as a precaution on Tuesday. Classes and all school operations will otherwise be normal.

This is the second time in as many days that a Springs middle school is increasing security due to an alleged threat. Sabin Middle School had extra security on campus Monday in response to a photo that made the rounds on social media over the weekend. The picture showed five students posing with what looked like guns and had a caption stating people should not go to school Monday.

Those students were identified and charged, CSPD said Monday afternoon.