Rumors of Topeka High Shooting Brings Extra Campus Police

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- School is supposed to be one of the safest places on earth, but after rumors of a potential shooting and then a 911 call made inside the school this morning, Topeka HIgh School police officers were on edge.

The call turned out to be an accidental pocket dial.

But extra police officers were on patrol at the school after an anonymous tip of a student shooting supposedly planned for today, this all fueled by social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

School officials ask parents to keep calm through an email sent on Wednesday. Officers have been in contact with parents as well.

Coordinator of Campus Police Officer Mike Homan said parents have been very helpful and cooperative and giving him names of kids who have heard talk of the shooting.

Police interviewed students, and after collecting information, they decided the threats were unsubstantiated. That doesn't mean it's any less important.

"We still have to take it serious," Homan told 13 News. "If we didn't take it serious we wouldn't be doing our job. No matter if we hear something we know that's not what happened, we still follow up. We're here to keep these kids and staff safe."

Most students did go to school today.

Freshman Ahjanaye Conley said she is there to learn and finish her finals and not worry about rumors.

"It shouldn't happen, it's not cool," freshman Xavian Burton said.

Officer Homan said that students were being nonchalant about the whole thing and it was a good day.

He also said if students didn't feel comfortable coming to school today, they were excused and will be able to make up their finals.


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