TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Despite swirling rumors reported to area parents, no schools were in danger Thursday.
Social media sites were blowing up with stories that some area schools are on lockdown because of gun threats.
But local police officials, the county sheriff's office, and local school corporations said those threat rumors are not true.
We've been fielding questions about possible lockdowns since last night. Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Sgt. Andy Cree said his department had been taking a lot of telephone calls Thursday morning.
Cree said students across the county are being held in classrooms longer this week because of final exams.
Cree said the sheriff's office has looked into some rumored threats, but none were found to be credible.
He's encouraging parents to call schools or school corporations directly if they have any safety concerns.
Additionally, Lafayette Police Captain Chris Downard said no schools in Lafayette were on lockdown. Downard said there was no threat.
However, Tippecanoe School Corporation did acknowledge that two of its high schools were on precautionary lockdown Thursday.
Just after 11:30 a.m., News 18 received this statement from Tippecanoe School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Scott Hanback:
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department and TSC officials have fully investigated these rumors and have found no credible evidence of this rumored threat. It appears these rumors began with a conversation between students in another school district and was ultimately misinterpreted and spread through social media.
Both McCutcheon and Harrison (high schools) did send an alert to staff this morning in an effort to restrict movement in the hallways as a precaution and to minimize hallway disruptions during finals week.
As parents, your support and continued diligence these last two days before break are important. We thank you for your attempts to maintain a positive and normal week of school for our students especially after last Friday's Connecticut event. Thanks again for everything you do for your students and all of our schools in the TSC.
Meanwhile, Benton Community School Corporation is not on lockdown, but it is taking extra precautions this week.
Just after 11:20 a.m., News 18 received this statement from Benton Community School Corporation:
Benton Community School Corporation administrators, directors, Benton County Sheriff Department, Benton County Emergency Management and the Indiana State Police will be at the schools today, Dec. 20, 2012, and again Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. All of the above spoke and met today, and feel that this is best for this time prior to Christmas vacation. There have been several possible school related threats in the state of Indiana, and around the country, this past week, with one of the threats being at a neighboring school corporation. Again, there have not been any reported threats to any of our schools, but we feel it is in the best interest of school safety to take extra pre-cautions.
For more information about this, please contact Superintendent Destin L. Haas at Benton Community School Corporation, 765-884-0850, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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