The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office says the Florida school shooting may have fueled student rumors about an alleged social media bomb threat at Hahnville High School (HHS).
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 has been found on campus and no lockdown initiated at HHS today.
Although police presence was increased at the school, Sheriff Greg Champagne said the rumors are unfounded and the additional deputies assigned as a precaution.
“Typically,in the wake of events such as in Florida, rumors in the social media age quickly get out of control,” Champagne 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.