Despite social media, no shooting at Pekin H.S.


Investigative physics students study light and color during a green-screen filming session (school website)

Pekin Community High School, located near Peoria, Illinois, will hold classes on a regular schedule Friday despite a rumor, spread via social media, that there was a shooting at the school, the district said on its website late Thursday night:

It has come to our attention via social media and other avenues, there is a rumor of a potential school shooting at PCHS. Please know if there was ever any credible threat to student safety we would make parents and students immediately aware and take appropriate actions. School will be in session as usual tomorrow as there is no credible threat. Rest assured, students will be safe at Pekin High.

In addition, the Peoria Journal-Star quoted District 303 Superintendent Danielle Owens as saying there would be an increased police presence at the school in order to ease any anxiety students may have.

“The rumors about a school shooting appear to have originated from an incident involving a student playing a song with inappropriate lyrics at school which referenced ‘shootings.’ The student was interviewed by administration in conjunction with the Pekin police, and it was determined that no threat was made,” she was quoted as saying.

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