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Update: No Threat Found at Lakewood High School, Increased Police Presence Remains

Police were responding to a rumor of a threat. The school district said there is no validity to the rumors.

Extra police officers will be at Lakewood High School today after Lakewood Police learned of a rumor about threatened violence there, a police dispatcher said.

The threat, which had been spreading on social media, was that there would be a shooting at the school.

Christine Gordillo, spokeswoman for the district, said the Lakewood City Schools is aware of the rumors. Police have been investigating those rumors and have not been able to find any truth to them. The superintendent and other administrators were at the building this morning to assist with drop-off and reassure parents. 

“We take our students’ safety very seriously,” Gordillo said. 

Police did not know if the rumor is true but believed it necessary to respond by sending officers to the building. 

The school is open today. 

Update, 12:08 p.m.: The school district has posted an official statement on its website. The statement notes that no valid threat was found. As a reminder, the district's 24-hour security hotline is (216) 227-5311.

Tim Beattie December 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Arm the teachers
Paul Grimm December 21, 2012 at 03:23 PM
"Arm the teachers?" ridiculous.
Joe Slops December 21, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Are you going to force a teacher who wants nothing to do with guns to use one?
lakerockbay December 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Allowing teachers or security guards to have guns in school is a terible idea.What happens if a teacher or security guard are shot allowing the suppose bad guy to have another gun,were does it end!Suppose they get distracted and set the gun down and a child picks it up! Put it to the voters!
Gareth December 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM
"Arm the Teachers"? are you mad! or just Deaf? teachers are extremely stressed people.. the potential for a teacher to go postal would outweigh any fragment of sane reasoning your your statement had in the first place!

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