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Police investigate rumor — apparently unfounded — of school shooting threat at Zephyrhills High School

ZEPHYRHILLS — Police are investigating and Zephyrhills High School is taking extra safety precautions after rumor of a school shooting rampage threat began circulating through hallways and then on social media Wednesday.

School administration and Zephyrhills police picked up on the rumor when it got to Twitter, said Pasco school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. Officers went to the homes of three students Wednesday and spoke with their parents. Investigators found the students had no intent and no way to carry out such a threat. Officers are investigating to find the source of the rumor.

The school district placed an automated phone message to parents around 6:30 Thursday morning to ensure them the threat was only a rumor. Still, school attendance dropped markedly on Thursday, Cobbe said, with 70 percent absent during first period.

Early Thursday afternoon, police could not confirm an actual threat was ever made, said Zephyrhills police Capt. Robert McKinney.

Police investigate rumor — apparently unfounded — of school shooting threat at Zephyrhills High School 02/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:16pm]

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