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Carl Junction Police Step Up Presence at Junior High After Rumors About Shooter


Police made sure students got to class safely after rumors swirled about a school shooting at Carl Junction Junior High, their presence relieving parents like Crystal Woodring.

She says "I was kind of glad to hear that they responded fast to the situation and you know, that it was just a rumor."

Yesterday night two students reported a bullying incident involving them and a small group on the district's online reporting website “Sprigeo.”

Carl Junction Public Relations Director Tracie Skaggs says "they did use this and they used some names so yes we were able to track it down very quickly."

A student also called police about a student planning to harm a fellow classmate he or she heard about on the app Snapchat.

Junction Police Chief Delmar Haase says "The school was not at any risk. I have children and grandchildren, they were in school today."

School officials say rumors were flying faster than the facts. And even after administrators thought they had the situation under control more rumors started to surface.

Skaggs says "The rumors kind of went crazy so we decided the best way to handle that was with the mass email to all of our parents and also a posting on our social media."

For parents like Woodring it's piece of mind that students are able to do the right thing.

She says she was "kind of surprised that it was students that actually got on there and reported all of this. That's kind of reassuring that our kids are going in the right direction."

Not just students, but parents and community members can also report a concern, anonymously if they chose, on the website Sprigeo.

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