Although police presence was increased at Hahnville High School (HHS) this morning (Feb. 23), Sheriff Greg Champagne said an investigation determined rumors of a social media threats or posts were unfounded.
School officials say incorrect information is circulating on social media regarding safety concerns at HHS.
They say there have been no arrests on campus, no gun found on campus and no lockdown initiated at HHS today.
Champagne said the Florida shooting likely sparked the rumors by fearful students.
“Typically,in the wake of events such as in Florida, rumors in the social media age quickly get out of control,” he said. “That is the situation here. If you watch the news, it is sadly happening all over at schools everywhere.”
Champagne said HHS is safe.
“We fully investigated a rumor spread by students,” he said. “There were no specific threats and no substantiation of the rumor. In an abundance of caution, a couple of additional deputies were on campus this morning to calm any fears.”
The sheriff said more rumors are expected with the public fearful over the Florida shooting, but he advised contacting the Sheriff’s Office or school officials before posting more unfounded rumors that cause fear.
School officials said the added police presence was a precautionary move.
“Out of an abundance of caution, there is additional police presence on the campus of Hahnville High School today (Friday, February 23, 2018,” according to school officials. “The school has been made aware of a social media post, that has not been substantiated, regarding a potential threat to the school.”