Unfounded threat and unexcused absence spark anger

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - A social media threat indicating there would be an incident at Spanish Springs High School has turned out to be unfounded, according to the Washoe County School District.

A second Connect Ed call has gone out to families of students at the school indicating the nature of the social media posts has shifted to being "highly inappropriate and harassing."

Here is the text of that call:

Good Afternoon, this is Tammy Hart, Principal at Spanish Springs High School, with an update of the situation that is affecting our school today. We have multiple police agencies working together to investigate the origin of the social media posts. The nature of these social media posts have shifted from being threatening to being highly inappropriate and harassing.

Washoe County School District Police are monitoring these posts continuously throughout the day as new ones are being circulated, and are following up on every single lead. All content posted is taken seriously and will continue to be investigated.

If you have information that is pertinent to this investigation, please call School Secret Witness at (775) 329-6666 or School Police at (775) 348-0285. Currently, our school is running normally, and students are attending their classes safely without incident.

It is critical that parents and guardians closely monitor their children’s online presence and social media accounts. If you see inappropriate activity, or content that may constitute threats, sexual harassment or cyber-bullying, call School Secret Witness at 329-6666 or School Police at (775) 348-0285.

Here is the text from the original Connect Ed call from Thursday morning:

Good morning, this is Tammy Hart, principal of Spanish Springs High School:

I want to keep you informed about some rumors that are circulating today regarding the possibility of an incident taking place on our campus. All safety protocols are being followed, and School Police are investigating the rumors now.

I want you to know that all of us in the Washoe County School District take these rumors seriously, and that the safety and security of our students and staff are our highest priority. Classes will be held as usual today, as teaching and learning continue here at Spanish Springs High School.

I will keep you apprised as we learn more information.

In the meantime, please call our office at 425-7733 if you have questions or concerns.