Parent Of Tri-Valley H.S. Student Speaks After Threat ‘Hoax’ Keeps Dozens Home

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Dozens of students missed school in Muskingum County following rumors of threats posted online.

The Tri-Valley Local Schools superintendent said that at least 50 high school students skipped school on Monday after a threat that he called "a hoax."

The threat came Friday, the same day as the deadly school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Now, police and sheriff’s deputies are investigating.

Claire Goins said that she still felt confident about sending her son to Tri-Valley High School, despite the threat.

“I think the schools are doing the best they can to keep kids safe,” Goins said.

Some students said online said that they were scared for their safety.

According to Superintendent Mark Neal, a student at the high school sent a text message to another stating that he had a right to defend himself. The text went on to say the student would defend himself and, if necessary, bring a gun to school and “pop off rounds.”

On Dec. 12, the district said that the students got into a fistfight.

Neal also said that he was made aware of a message posted Friday to Facebook that there was a threat from someone who planned to bring a gun to school. The superintendent said there also was a message about a gun being found on a school bus.

Neal said that he has been inundated with calls since Friday about the alleged threat at the Dresden school.

“I’ve talked to some other parents who were afraid to send their kids to school and said, ‘You can’t live your life in fear,’” Goins said.

Students said that they noticed extra patrols around the school. School officials said that one of the students could be expelled because of the incident.

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