SAN DIEGO – A student’s rumor of a threat at Patrick Henry High School spread like wildfire Wednesday, various students told Fox 5.
“There was going to be a shooting on Friday, because of the Mayan calendar thing,” said one student.
“The kid was being bullied,” said another anonymous student.
Administrators declined to comment, but sent the following email to parents:
“Dear Patrick Henry Families,
Yesterday, a student was talking about the Mayan Calendar “End of the World” and made an inappropriate comment. A student overheard the statement and reported it to our school police officer and vice principal. They both thoroughly investigated the situation and were relieved to find out the student was not serious when he made the statement. Unfortunately, as often happens, a false rumor was spread that went from a generalized comment to a specific threat (which did not occur and was never substantiated).
I’m happy to report these rumors are not true. The student in question has been disciplined for making a false statement and now understands the severity of his actions; please be assured that we will always take reported threats seriously and act on any rumor as well. I am enjoying getting to know PHHS parents and community members, and look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming year.”