Mountain View High School students’ concerns about potential threats to school safety brought police officers to campus Tuesday (March 13) morning, but there was no danger and no arrests have been made, according to authorities.
Principal David Grissom said students sent emails to school administrators late Monday night describing information they were worried about, but the information wasn’t credible.
“The rumor mill started and the rumor mill quickly got out of hand,” Grissom said.
The students described threatening social media posts allegedly posted by a classmate, but the posts didn’t actually exist, according to the Mountain View Police Department.
“We can confirm that not only was there no public safety threat, there was also no threat shared in any capacity by the student in question and that this issue was fueled primarily through rumors,” according to a department press release.
Mountain View Police Department officers interviewed several students Tuesday morning, but they did not arrest anyone and classes were not disrupted, according to Grissom. He said he could not comment on any related student disciplinary action.
“In actuality, it wasn’t a threat, but there were some concerns, obviously, with what happened in Parkland,” Grissom said.
A 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is charged with opening fire at the school and killing 17 people on Feb. 14. Students across the country, including at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, are scheduled Wednesday to participate in #Enough, a national school walkout organized by Women’s March Youth Empower to memorialize those murdered and to protest what they describe as Congress’ refusal to take action to stop gun violence.
Grissom said Mountain View High’s walkout, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., will proceed as scheduled with administrators and police officers on hand.
Read the entire Mountain View Police Department press release online.