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No major absences from SCCPSS schools Thursday after unfounded online threats

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Police in Savannah are still monitoring and investigating online threats of gun violence at area high schools.

The claims began circulating on social media Wednesday, leading to panicked calls from parents to the school district and to our newsroom.

Board of Education police officers are working closely with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, and they maintain there is still no "credible evidence" to the threats.

According to a school district spokesperson, there haven't been any unusually large absences at schools on Thursday. Unlike what we saw two weeks ago, when a rumor was spread involving Savannah Arts Academy.

Wednesday's rumors lit up Facebook and Twitter with talk of 12 Savannah high schools being targeted for shootings in these last few weeks of school.

But again, even though police are continuing to monitor the situation, they say there is nothing credible with these threats at all.

Campus police say it’s difficult to track down the origin of threats like this, and at this point, they do not know the source of these latest claims.

“It’s very difficult, because you have to go on social media and on the Internet and develop leads to go to other people… not only leads on social media, but leads with the students and the parents. It’s very time consuming, and it takes a lot of resources, not only from school administration, not only from campus police, but from all law enforcement, because we’re all concerned,” said Board of Education Police Deputy Chief Dean Fagerstrom.

Our newsroom received phone calls just a couple of hours ago regarding even more rumors about violence at some area schools Thursday. We double-checked, and there is no truth to any of them.

Remember, be careful and responsible with what you read and share on social media. Police say spreading unconfirmed or false information often times does more harm than good.

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