Murrieta Valley High School students face expulsion after phony gun report on campus
By Yazmin Alvarez, SWRNN
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Two students at Murrieta Valley High School may face expulsion after spreading a rumor that a student was on campus with a gun, prompting a police investigation at the school Tuesday, school officials announced.
Authorities arrived at the high school after a parent was informed by their son that a student was carrying a gun, according to Murrieta Valley High School Principal Renate Johnson.
“The student called his parent who called police and within minutes a thorough investigation was started,” Johnson said.
The search revealed that the students had made up the story as joke and an email was sent to parents about the incident, Johnson said.
Parents were notified by email about the incident, with Murrieta Valley High School Principal Renate Jefferson urging parents to talk to their teens about student safety and the repercussions of making phony allegations.
“This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to your teenager about the tremendous responsibility all of us have: To keep each other safe and not say or do anything to make a person feel unsafe. Students cannot make threats as a “joke” of spread the rumor that someone has a gun or other weapon, has drugs or wants to harm someone. Please impress upon them the seriousness of such an allegation or spreading a rumor… Endangering someone’s safety is never taken as a joke.”
Jefferson said a police investigation will be underway because of the false report. Suspension, behavior contracts and a possible recommendation for expulsion are also part of the consequences.