Yesterday afternoon (Thu Jan 10), a series of rumors regarding threats from a Hutchinson High School student or students originated in the high school and began to spread through the building, then into the community and, in some instances, onto social media.
Hutchinson Police Chief Dan Hatten says it was in fact just a rumor.
Authorities say there was extra police presence at the school this morning just to reassure students that they were safe.
In a letter to parents, officials with the school district said that immediately upon hearing these rumors on Thursday, HHS administration, in concert with our school police liaison officer, began investigating these rumors. By the end of the school day on Thursday January 10, it was determined that there was no credible evidence to support the rumors that existed, and the matter was concluded to be a case of unsubstantiated rumors. It is important for you to know that the District takes all reports of threats to our student body seriously, as our number one priority is to keep our students safe.
Since the end of the school day on Thursday to the time of this letter on Friday morning, no new information has been uncovered, and the matter continues to be one of unsubstantiated rumors.
Officials said in the meantime, they have received a number of communications from concerned students, families, and community members and as everyone knows and understands, unsubstantiated rumors are incredibly challenging and frustrating to deal with, and we appreciate the resilience of our community of learners in facing them in a reasonable and rational fashion at this time.