"Unfortunately, the rumors, talk, and media coverage of the threat have spurred some copycat incidents," Riggins advised in an email to parents.
On April 16, the school was evacuated after a written note was found. Though the note was later determined to be a hoax, Riggins emphasized it is important students understand it was not a "simple prank."
"When we learn of potential threats to our school we are diligent in investigating and assessing their validity," Riggins explained in the email to parents. "In addition to the time it takes our local school staff to resolve a threat, this type of situation requires the assistance of others, including the police."
It also results in lost valuable instructional time in the final weeks of school year, she added.
"Our goal is to minimize these disruptions and continue our efforts to work with you to ensure we offer a safe school community for our students," Riggins wrote. "I know this is a priority we all share. As always, I thank you for your continued support of our school and students!"
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