Officials investigate alleged threats at local high schools

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Officials from Harrison School District 2 and Widefield School District 3 are looking into alleged threats at some high schools.

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Rumors on social media spread about threats at Sierra, Harrison and Widefield high schools. The district spokespeople say these have been deemed not credible. Police and staff are looking into how the rumors started, but believe it may be a response to the shooting in Florida.

Still, Harrison High School and Widefield High School will see heightened security and police presence on Friday.

The districts are really pushing for reporting any specific issues through Safe2Tell. Click here to fill out a report.

Harrison High School sent out the following message to parents Thursday evening:

In the wake of national school violence, we are hearing a great deal of chatter at our campus this afternoon related to possible acts of violence at our campus tomorrow. We only have unsubstantiated tips and rumors at this point, but we have involved local law enforcement and our District Security Team to investigate and provide support for our safety.

We will postpone our school pep assembly scheduled for Friday, February 16th. You and your students will see a heightened security and police presence on our campus tomorrow as a precaution and to remind us that school is a safe place. If you or your student has any specific (not rumored) information of concern, we ask you to share it with the school at (719) 579-2080 or via Safe2Tell

We know there is much talk on social media about school safety and fear as a direct result of the terrible events in Florida yesterday. This is a natural response to teens processing the events so easily viewed on social media. Please help your student to avoid spreading rumors via social media and to step forward if they have any specific concern. I have also attached resources that may be helpful in talking with your student about school violence.

I value and appreciate your support in keeping our school safe and calm.

Sincerely,

Cheri Martinez, Principal

A similar message was also sent to parents and staff at Widefield High School Friday morning:

Dear Parents/Guardians,
With the current tragedy in Florida, there are many concerns with school safety around the state and country. On the heels of that tragedy, there was a vague and unsubstantiated rumor associated with a neighboring school district. The social media post was copied and shared on SnapChat with concerns of a similar threat in Widefield School District.

We are working with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on this matter. We take all rumors of threats seriously, and we are making every effort to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible. All of the rumors again are unsubstantiated at this time. We feel strongly that all of our students and staff are safe, and our District Safety & Security team and school resource officers will be present throughout the day.

If you or your student has any specific (not rumored) information of a concern, we ask you to share it with law enforcement, school officials, or via Safe2Tell. Please help your student to avoid spreading rumors via social media and to step forward if they have any specific concern using the appropriate channels.

We value and appreciate your support in keeping our schools safe and calm.