Watertown School Chief: No 'Hit List,' Schools Safe

Watertown School Chief: No 'Hit List,' Schools Safe

Posted: Updated: Apr 14, 2018 12:27 PM

The superintendent of the Watertown city school district said Saturday that there is no truth to rumors of a "hit list" of students to be killed Monday.

Word of the supposed hit list went viral on social media late Friday and Saturday.

In a statement Saturday afternoon, Patti LaBarr, the superintendent, said Leslie Atkinson, the high school principal, and Scott McIntyre, the Watertown police officer assigned to the school, investigated the rumor Friday. LaBarr's statement was posted to the district's web page, and sent to parents by email and phone call.

"They interviewed numerous students. A thorough, complete investigation was done. There was no hit list. The school is safe."

LaBarr said the rumor gained momentum when the parent of a child who formerly went to Watertown high school - and who now lives in Texas - posted the following to Facebook Friday night:

TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHOSE KIDS GO TO WATERTOWN SCHOOLS I JUST SAW A FRIEND POST THIS NOT SURE THE FACTS ABOUT IT ALL BUT PLEASE READ……Just to warn everyone that has kids that go to Watertown High School there is a hit list going around on Snapchat of people that are going to be killed on Monday. Nobody has seen the list. What is wrong with people? I’ve seen no info posted from Watertown School District about this.

LaBarr wrote "This posting created unnecessary fear for our students and their families. We deal with rumors on a daily basis and investigate each one thoroughly.

"Safety of our students is our #1 priority. Let's all work together to make our district and our community a safe place for our children - they deserve it! If you see something, say something!"

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