Hundreds miss school after perceived threat

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Associated Press

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — More than half of the students at Warren East High School have missed a day of classes after a message left on a bathroom wall morphed into a perceived threat on social media.

Principal Damon Tabor told the Daily News (http://bit.ly/TxVi9O) that about 500 students out of a total of 900 were missing on Wednesday. He used the schools public address system to reassure the 400 who came to school that he would protect them.

"I wasn't concerned about numbers," Tabor said. "I was concerned about safety."

Tabor said the issue began Tuesday evening when graffiti was found in a student bathroom. He said it did not contain any specific threat, but as word spread through social media it morphed into something bigger and worse.

Tabor said he is offering a reward for information on the student who wrote the original message on the bathroom wall.

Hannah Conner, a senior at the school who was one of only three people in her sixth-period class, said the episode has taught her a valuable lesson.

"I learned to definitely listen to and trust my principal and teachers — you can't always trust social media," Conner said.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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