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Schools on high-alert after spread of online shooting rumor

Friday, March 01, 2013

B.R. Kimbro

An online rumor circulating about a mass shooting threat in Kingwood today caused local school and police officials to increase security measures, according to the Houston Police Department and Humble Independent School District. The origin of the the rumored threat was only described by police as coming from an undisclosed personal blog outside of Texas. FBI officials reportedly warned Houston police of the risk after someone gave them a tip upon observing an alarming message posted by the agitator, police reported. “The rumor stems from a personal blog that stated a shooting would occur at a gas station in Kingwood on Friday afternoon,” an Humble ISD press release stated. “The blog did not mention any schools but as an added measure of caution, Humble ISD police officers are increasing their presence on campuses in Kingwood today.” School district officials also reported enacting standard safety protocol at all of its Kingwood campuses in response to the seeming threat. Safety measures include holding all outdoor activities inside, such as P.E. classes and recess. "Humble ISD police are maintaining communication with Houston police on this matter. Keep in mind that this is a rumor of a shooting at a gas station, not a school." Both the FBI and Houston police are investigating the threat and a suspect has been identified, according to HPD.

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