Carson High School threat a hoax

Published: Oct. 17, 2017 at 11:38 PM PDT
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Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says students are not in danger after a threat to the high school made its rounds on social media.

Furlong says around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, multiple people called 911 to report a threat of a shooting at Carson High School that was circulating on Snapchat. The shooting would reportedly happen Wednesday on the campus.

Detectives and School Resource Officers were immediately dispatched to assist the Patrol Division Deputies in tracking down the threat.

Officers determined the threat was actually a share of a Snapchat that originated in Pennsylvania, and was not connected whatsoever with Carson City or the High School. A concerned Carson High School student shared the post on social media. However, the student failed to inform his/her parents before relaying the social media exchange locally.

Carson City Detectives verified the source of the Snapchat with Pennsylvania authorities, and believe that there was never a threat to Carson High School.

Carson City School District Superintendent, Richard Stokes says all Carson City schools will be open at normal hours on Wednesday morning. As a precaution, the Sheriff’s Office will provide additional officers at the school for the day.