Southview student being questioned after possible Twitter threat
SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Police are investigating a threat made at Southview High School in Sylvania, which district officials say was not credible.
According to Nancy Crandell with Sylvania Schools, a student informed faculty of a violent Twitter threat. Superintendent Brad Rieger said rumors can circulate quickly through social media, which was part of the problem.
"The kids were tweeting and re-tweeting that there's a problem, and obviously, there wasn't. But, we had to act quickly," said Rieger.
The district takes every possible threat seriously. Administrators gathered information and began verifying details as quickly as possible, with help from local law enforcement. After police searched the school, no weapons were found. Police and the school resource officer then monitored the school.
"We've gotten very good of being very quick with gathering information and also making a decision. And if I, if I felt that there was any danger for any kids, we would take exceptionally different steps," said Rieger.
It was determined early on the possible threat was not viable. Officials believe a student may have made a comment Tuesday in the hallway and after another student heard the possible threat, tweets began.
Rieger tweeted the following around 12:30 Wednesday:
"Rumor circulating via social media about disturbance at Southview today (4/24) is false; the school is safe for students, staff & parents."
Parents were notified of the situation and students were allowed to leave school early with their parents.
"I'm a parent too, so I understand that when you hear something, you're going to need immediate reassurance from school officials that everything is safe for their child. And that's our responsibility," said Rieger.
A student with special needs was questioned about the possible threat by school administrators and law enforcement.
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