ST. MARYS - Rumors on social media led police to St. Marys High School Wednesday morning, but officials found nothing to indicate there was ever a threat to the school or students.
Sgt. Pete Templeton of the Pleasants County Sheriff's Department said he and another deputy began investigating allegations of a threat being made by a student Tuesday evening. The investigation lasted until about mid-day Wednesday.
"Over the weekend there were at least two students who were talking on their Twitter and Facebook pages about this student," Templeton said. "It just went crazy. A lot of parents were concerned."
Templeton said officers spoke to all of the students involved, including the student who allegedly made threats, and found there was nothing to indicate anything had happened.
"It turned out to be nonsense," Templeton said.
Pleasants County Schools Superintendent Mike Wells issued a statement on the situation Wednesday afternoon.
"There were reported allegations of a potential threat at St. Marys High School, which the (school) board takes seriously," Wells said. "Law enforcement has been notified and are working with school officials and investigating the allegations to ensure continued student and staff safety."
Templeton said while officials now believe no threats were ever made, such reports are thoroughly investigated.
"We took it very seriously," he said.