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Elk Grove Schools See 2 Unfounded Rumors of Shootings, 1 Threat

Rumors and threats circulated at two schools this week.

Rumors swirled at an Elk Grove middle school Thursday morning that a shooting would soon take place, but officials were able to confirm they were unfounded, officials say.

Liz Graswich, a spokeswoman for the Elk Grove Unified School District, said the district learned about the rumor at Katherine Albiani Middle School Thursday morning, and immediately asked authorities to look into it.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, which provides law enforcement services to Elk Grove schools, looked into the rumor and found it to be "100 percent unfounded," Graswich said.

"One person said one thing and it really just spiraled," Graswich said, adding there seemed to be "no malicious intent."

A similar incident took place earlier this week at Elk Grove High School, where students circulated rumors there was some sort of "hit list" targeting students, Graswich said.

"The rumor turned out to be 100 percent unfounded," Graswich said.

In a third, unrelated incident this week, a student at Elk Grove High School on Wednesday "threatened a teacher and students in a particular class," Graswich said.

In that case, law enforcement officials were contacted and the Elk Grove Police Department placed the student on a 72-hour mental health hold, Graswich said.

A letter was sent home to parents in each incident, but they are not related, Graswich said.

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Liz December 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Hi John...Since your do not have a child at EG High how do you know that the faculty was not informed? I was told by the VP as well as by my daughter that the teachers were told. Now if in the case in Connecticut every educator knew of this maniac, how would that make a difference in him forcing his way into the school? How would this make the kids any more safer? Wouldn't this make the bullying including cyber bullying worse and then the kid would ”snap”? Just curious on how you would make it safer for those of us whose kids do go to a school in EG...
John December 23, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The "teacher" of the class that was involved was informed not the "teachers" at EG. There is no way to safeguard against these maniacs totally, unfortunatley! I'm just not in favor if kids being sitting ducks in case this student or students snap. As for what you were told by the VP I'd check again with him/her on that. Perhaps in that one instance?
Liz December 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I just asked my daughter again and she said that all teachers were notified. The VP told her class that. So maybe now the VP is lying?? My daughter also shared 3 classes with this student and those teachers knew, so they must have been notified somehow.
Liz December 23, 2012 at 01:27 AM
My daughter wanted me to add that Thursday morning the administration held a meeting in the theatre to inform the teachers of what happened as well as who the student was. So in case it looks like they were informed.
John December 23, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Perhaps in that one incident the students name was let out? There were three incidents total. Perhaps we are talking about two different things? I know that one of the incidents was found to havbe no merit and a third seems to be very hush hush.

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