A rumor that there would be a school shooting at Kamiakin High School turned out to be a total fabrication
Kennewick police and Kamiakin High School administrators learned about a rumor that a student was going to shoot students Wednesday. The rumor was a result of people bullying a classmate, authorities said.
During a discussion among students Tuesday, someone said one of the teens was going to shoot up the school. The rumor was shared to social media and spread rapidly, said Sgt. Aaron Clem.
After a quick investigation, officials learned the teen involved never made a threat, and a fellow student never said he did. The teen also didn’t have any access to firearms.
“We take all threats seriously and conducted a full investigation,” Kamiakin administrators said in an email to parents. “We encourage parents to discuss the implications of making false statements and accusations on social media with their children.”
Police are asking people to report threats to them rather than on social media, Clem said.