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Pike High School principal says social media threats not credible

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 16:36:50-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Pike High School's principal said social media threats against the school were not credible and blamed rumors and misinformation for causing concern among students and parents.

In a message to families, Pike principal Troy Inman said a student verbally threatened a handful of other students Friday. That situation was not a threat against the school, and it was handled that afternoon.

Between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday, Inman said there were two social media posts "that were school threat related." However, Inman said the posts were investigated, and they were determined to not be credible.

Pike sent a message to reassure parents the school was safe, but Inman said rumors and misinformation spread on social media, causing parents and students to become concerned.

Inman said no Pike students or staff members were in danger.

Inman's full statement is below:

I would like to sincerely thank you for your patience and support today and provide you with some additional clarification based on some of the questions we have received.

On Friday, a Pike High School student verbally threatened a handful of other Pike High School students. That situation, which was not a school threat, was dealt with immediately that afternoon. Between 11:30 p.m. last night and approximately 7:30 a.m. today, there were two separate social media posts that were school threat related. Those posts were investigated immediately and deemed non-credible. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, Pike High School sent out a message to notify parents that the social media threats were deemed non-credible. Unfortunately, rumors and misinformation were shared via social media, causing some parents and students undue concern. At no time was any Pike High School student or staff member in danger.

Your child’s safety is and will remain our top priority.