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Fairfield police investigate alleged social media threat about high school

The Fairfield Police Department is investigating an alleged social media threat made concerning the Fairfield High School, but investigators doubt its credibility.

Police were contacted around 8 p.m. on Wednesday regarding the alleged threat, and Fairfield posted about it on Twitter at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday.

“We don’t have anything else at this time,” said Fairfield Police spokesman Officer Doug Day. “They don’t believe it to be credible. They don’t know if the person is lying, or why they’re lying.”

The complaint was made to the Fairfield High School school resource officer by an adult.

“There’s a kid involved, but what they’re involvement is we don’t know at this time,” Day said. “Fingers are being pointed.”

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Fairfield High School officials posted on the district’s website they “will continue to work with law enforcement and post updates as we receive them.”

This is the latest report of a school threat at an area high school. Since February, there have been at least six other threats made concerning or at a local school. Some of those making threats have been charged.

The school district posted the text of a pair of all-call messages sent to parents of the school district from Fairfield High School Principal William Rice. The text of the first call was posted on the district’s Facebook page at 3:49 p.m.

“…[W]e received an anonymous phone call to the front office that a student was in the lower parking lot with a BB gun,” Rice said in the call. “We immediately contacted local law enforcement who responded and investigated. We also reviewed our security camera footage that covers the lot. No person was found and nothing out of the ordinary was seen on camera.”

A second call was sent out, and posted on the district’s Facebook page at 8:30 p.m., to “address rumors on social media of a threat having to do with a perceived walk out on March 14.”

“First, your son and/or daughters’ safety is our first priority,” Rice said in the second call. “Rather than a walk out on March 14, administration and student leaders have been working on a plan for how to safely and properly allow for student voices to be heard.”

The high school on Friday will post on the district’s website an overview of activities in the school for March 14 to remember the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Florida shooting.

“This is another reminder that as a community when we see or hear things that raise concern it is our duty to report them to school administration or law enforcement,” Rice said.

There were 17 students and school staff killed on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students returned to the school two weeks later.

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