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A rumor about a “direct threat” to McKinney Middle/Yellow Springs High School was determined last week to be “unsubstantiated,” Superintendent Mario Basora informed parents, teachers and staff in an email communication on Sunday evening. “[S]tudents and the school were not at risk at any point last week,” he went on to say in the email.

Reached on Monday, Basora clarified that the rumor concerned a student making a threat against the school, but he emphasized that the rumor was “not actually true.” He declined to detail the nature of the rumored threat. It’s “problematic” to talk about a rumor, he said, because doing so “creates fear” and “spreads inaccurate information.”

Basora said on Monday that the school takes any report of a potential threat seriously. Several students and a parent brought the rumor to the administration’s attention, he said. In response, school administrators contacted Yellow Springs police and did their own investigation into the rumor last week, according to Basora.

Chief David Hale stated on Monday that local police took a report from Principal Tim Krier last Wednesday concerning the rumor. Police have not taken any further steps, Chief Hale said, as the school has uncovered no evidence of a threat.

Asked if the school’s investigation of the rumor resulted in any disciplinary action, Krier said on Monday that he couldn’t comment one way or the other.


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