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Forum staff reports, Published December 20 2012

False threat rumors spread in Moorhead, Barnesville

Threat rumors spread

in Moorhead, Barnesville

MOORHEAD – Officials say reports of threats made to two area high schools on Thursday were false.

Rumors of unspecified threats circulated at high schools in Moorhead and Barnesville, but neither school was put into lockdown, officials said.

“We found the rumor to be unsubstantiated and unfounded,” Barnesville Superintendent Scott Loeslie said. He said anxieties could be running high because of the shooting last week in Connecticut.

Extra patrols were present at Moorhead High on Thursday as a precaution and to provide some peace of mind, Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said. He said the rumors of a threat against the school were taken seriously but found to be false.

Loeslie said he wouldn’t be surprised if local police drove by Barnesville High more routinely today.

“We have a school resource officer, and he will be on board as usual,” he said. “We intend to make sure the buildings are secure and go about our day as we normally do.”