Following a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead and others injured, northern Nevada parents have been left concerned as rumors of threats made against schools circulate on social media. In just this week, at least 4 schools have released statements regarding threat investigations. One rumored threat even caused Elko County High School to cancel classes for a day.  

In response to the investigations in Washoe County, the Washoe County School District released a statement affirming that they were committed to keeping children safe. They also remarked that information regarding threats is many times "spread through social media, the result of student chatter and gossip, and spread by parents and students on social media without contacting School Police." They went on to ask that the community refrain from sharing and spreading unconfirmed information online. They claim that information oftentimes complicates investigation efforts rather than helping them.

This doesn't keep parents from worrying, though. Early this week, parents shared their concerns with Channel 2 about sending their kids to school during threat investigations. Two of those parents were Skye Garman and Gabe Herod.

"Keeping your child home one day just to be sure, just for your peace of mind, is well worth it," said Garman.

"Who wants to take the risk, if 1,000 times nothing happens, you don't want to be wrong that one time, I don't anyway, my daughters life is way to valuable to me to be wrong once," said Herod.

This week's responses to threat investigations from specific schools are attached below:

Reno High School:

Reno Huskie Families,

Earlier this morning  we were presented with information that there may be a threat to our school on social media.  Once we received the specific information, school police concluded that there were no details nor information pointing to a specific threat to Reno High School.  Students have been very proactive in reporting information to us and we appreciate it.   We want you to know we take every piece of information seriously when it comes to the safety and security of our school.  Officer Webb is out sick today but we have other officers filling in.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We understand students were sharing the rumor this morning and there was an initial concern from parents.  We spoke individually with many students and parents this morning but thought it important to get this information to all of our RHS families as soon as we were able.

Thank you,

Mr. Hackbusch

Sparks High School:

Good Morning Sparks High School Students and Families:

This is Mr. Carroll, principal at Sparks High School, There has been some concern over a social media post that implied a possible threat to our school. School police and school administration acted very quickly with this information and have determined that there was no credible threat and the social media post originated from a different state. At Sparks High School, students and staff safety is our number one concern. School police will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day. If there are any other questions, please call the main office. 

Thank you for your vigilance and understanding with this situation. 

Swope Middle School:

Good Morning, this is Desiree Mandeville, principal of Swope Middle School. I want to keep you informed about some rumors that are circulating from the weekend and continue today regarding the possibility of an incident taking place on our campus. All safety protocols are being followed, and School Police have been investigating the rumors and will be on campus today as a precaution. I want you to know that all of us in the Washoe County School District take these rumors seriously, and that the safety and security of our students and staff are our highest priority. Classes will be held as usual today, as teaching and learning continue here at our school....In the meantime, please call our office at 333-5330 if you have questions or concerns. Thank you.

Elko County High School

Dear Elko County School District Community,

There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our students and staff. 

Due to an anonymous report received last (Tuesday) night, school at Elko High School will not be in session today, Wednesday, February 21st. The school district and local law enforcement agencies are working diligently to determine the credibility of the report.

Also, please be advised that throughout the year, we are constantly evaluating systems to assure safety remains a top priority in our district. The vigilance of our parents, students, staff, and neighbors still remains the very best safety measure we have.

Your children are our number one priority.

Sincerely, 

Jeff Zander

Superintendent