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Threat at CCMS found not credible

A threat of violence at Creston Community Schools has been found to be unsubstantiated by the CCSD and local law enforcement.

An unidentified party reported rumors of a possible shooting at Creston Community Middle School late Monday.

Superintendent Deron Stender said district staff and law enforcement were present at the school this morning and the buildings were secured. He said this was a situation of “kids talking amongst kids” and the school appreciates the courage needed to bring the matter to the attention of the school.

Although the threat has been found to not be credible, Stender said this is an opportunity for the school, parents and students to reflect on school safety.

“This is a good opportunity for parents to sit down and talk with their children and be reflective about the situation, about the safety of the school and their own safety,” Stender said.

Stender said students should remember it is important if they “see something, say something,” and to speak up if they hear something that worries them.

He advises parents to speak to their children about how what they say and do on social media can have consequences.

“Things that would have been a joke 15 years ago are no longer a joke.” Stender said.

Stender also said the school district will be using the situation to examine how they handle school safety issues.

“We are going to look at how we handle it and see how we can improve to look at safety and implementation,” Stender said.

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