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Cops deem ‘gun threat’  at Huntley High School ‘non-credible’

Updated: January 21, 2013 4:08PM

HUNTLEY — Rumors about a possible “gun threat” this coming Friday at Huntley High School are “non-credible,” according to a message sent to parents and staff Wednesday evening by Principal Dave Johnson.

Rumors and copycat threats tend to emerge after tragedies such as the school shootings last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Johnson said. And “various rumors” have mentioned Friday’s date, likely because of “much discussion in popular media surrounding the Mayan calendar and Dec. 21,” he said.

Another message posted to the Huntley Consolidated School District 158 website from Johnson and Superintendent John Burkey noted those rumors “continue to multiply on social media.”

“We have been thoroughly investigating this rumor, and it has not been found to be credible,” Johnson said. “While most often these rumors or threats do not pose any actual danger, we do fully investigate and pursue these situations with our school resources officer.”

The high school principal said Huntley police would increase their presence at throughout the week at the school as a precautionary measure to lessen anxiety. Otherwise, the school schedule will continue as normal, he said.

Dispatchers at the Huntley Police Department directed a reporter’s inquiries Wednesday night to statements made by police that day to the Huntley Voice, the student newspaper at the high school. The school resource officer had told the student newspaper school safety was the department’s “top priority.”

The rumors had started Wednesday afternoon on social media, the Voice added.

Rumors regarding the purported Mayan apocalypse also have been reported in nearby Elgin School District U46.

Johnson urged anyone with concerns to contact himself or any other administrators in District 158. Anyone with information about the credibility of the rumors also can contact the district through its tip line at 847-659-INFO (4636) or the Huntley Police Department through its tip line at 847-515-5333.

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