Rumors of plan to bring gun to OCHS are unfounded

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By John Foster

Rumors that someone threatened to bring a gun to Oldham County High School last week are unfounded, OCHS principal Dave Weedman said.

He said he believes a frenzy of rumors that swirled around the school Friday started with a threatening text message a female student received from a student in another district Dec. 13.

Police were notified and contacted the message sender, Weedman said, but at no point did anyone threaten to come to OCHS with a gun. Officers from the Oldham County Police Department deferred comment to Weedman.

By Friday morning, the rumor spread through the school, perpetuated Weedman believes by text messaging, e-mail and other electronic communication, including a message on the social networking site MySpace.com that read,

"If there were a gun found at school, what would happen?"

More than 300 students were absent Friday. By lunchtime Friday, the frenzy died down, Weedman said, as students learned the rumors were untrue.

Weedman said he sent a phone message to all students' households Friday assuring parents the rumors were bogus.

"There was never a specific threat made to anybody," Weedman said.

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