High school principals of the four Killeen Independent School District campuses were compelled to send out recorded phone messages today, after false rumors of a threat against the schools posted on social media disrupted the normal routine.
"Our high schools have been inundated with calls from concerned parents," said Terry Abbott, KISD chief communications officer. "These false rumors being spread are scaring families and students and causing severe disruptions in the learning environment."
The principals sent out the recorded message which said, in part, "Our students are absolutely safe at school today. There are false rumors being spread by people on social media saying that a threat had been made by someone to the campus. This report is absolutely false."
The recorded message asks parents to speak with their children about not using social media to spread false, unverified reports. "Please be absolutely assured that we work closely with police to investigate any potential threat to the safety of our students and we always deal aggressively with any such report."
The message ended, "Again, our students are safe. The rumors on social media are false."