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GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Oak Hills High School student were hearing and repeating rumors of a plan that someone was going to bring a gun to school on Friday.
The school boosted its resource officers from one to three and locked its front doors a measure to help calm students and parents fears. The Green Township Police Chief said there were no validated threats to the school or anyone in it.
"You know, I just want to make sure that all parents and community [members] understand that nothing happened today at Oak Hills High School," said Superintendent Todd Yohey.
Rumors via texting and social media suggested that the school was on lockdown, kids were arrested for having guns, and a shooter was in the building. Yohey said none of it was true.
"I think it's a sign of our times about how quickly that information can spread whether it's accurate or not," Yohey said.
Earlier in the week the high school principal, Jeffrey Brandt, had sent an email addressing security precautions and rumored threats.
"We are aware of the rumor and continue to investigate leads with Officer Crone and the Green Township Police Department. At this time, I am pleased to report that there are no concrete facts related to the rumor," Brandt wrote in the letter. "We want you and your child to know that we are taking every precaution possible to ensure their safety."
Parent, Nancy Kearns, did not know what to think when her daughter came home talking of rumors and memorandum by the principal.
"I thought, 'Oh yea yea yea, you just don't want to go to school,'" said Kearns. "But what if she really knows something?"
Both of Kearns children were at school on Thursday, because as she said, there are no guarantees in life.
"You can live your life on 'what ifs.'"
Oak Hills High School will be open, like normal, on Friday.
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