Police: 'No Credible Threat' to Gun Rumors at Centreville High, Westfield High
Threats are similar to instances of rumors cited at schools around the nation, in wake of Connecticut school shootings.
Students at two Fairfax County high schools have reported rumors to parents and police that students may come to school with guns on Friday.
But Fairfax County Police say there is nothing to the rumors.
"We are looking into it and it appears there are no credible threats," said Officer Shelley Broderick, public information officer with the Fairfax County Police Department.
The rumors have parents worried.
"My child came home from Westfield High School today and told me that a rumor is going around that there are two boys planning on coming to school on Friday with guns and planning to shoot anyone they don't like since the world is ending on Friday," one parent wrote in an email to Patch.
"In light of the recent shootings in Connecticut obviously we're all concerned and as a parent feel it is important to share this, as I'm quite concerned."
Another parent wrote: "There is a rumor all over Centreville High School about a shooting planned for Friday by a girl. There is a similar rumor at Westfield High School. This has been circulating by social media, as well. I called 911, and the 911 operator said that they have received calls from several students about this rumor."
Centreville High School principal Martin Grimm sent a letter out to parents:
A message from CENTREVILLE HS
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We understand there are ongoing questions and concerns in the community this week about school safety. We are aware of the concerns that several parents and students have raised. CVHS Security and the School Resource Officer are addressing every concern that is brought to the school’s attention. In addition, we have consulted with Fairfax Police and FCPS Safety and Security personnel to assess and implement any additional security measures that are necessary in order to maintain a safe and secure learning environment. Social media platforms are wonderful communication tools when used appropriately. However, those same tools become counterproductive when used to spread unfounded rumors and misinformation. As you know, Fairfax Police have increased their presence and visibility around all FCPS schools and we are very appreciative of those efforts. We spend considerable time and effort in planning and practicing safety and security measures appropriate for a major critical incident and we will remain vigilant about protecting students and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the school at 703-502-5400.
Fairfax County Police started beefing up patrols of area schools on Monday, in light of the shootings in Connecticut.