Superintendent says social media fueled fear, rumors at Valley Regional High School

DEEP RIVER, Conn. (WTNH)– The superintendent of schools at Valley Regional High School held a Friday afternoon news conference to address the safety concerns which have been brewing and growing all week.

“It’s mostly just a lot of rumors starting and stuff like that just general kind of fear I”d say because of everything that’s been going on lately,” said Senior Patrick Myslik.

It was a video posted on social media by a student at Valley Regional High School which caused alarm. School officials and state police immediately took action to assess any possible threat.

“The post sort of did kind of did kind of associate with the Florida shooting. That’s just what I heard,” said Myslik.

The superintendent viewed the video Tuesday and says it did not mention the murders in Parkland, Florida.

“There was just some rumors going around. But nothing we should really be concerned about,’’ said Senior Caitlin Smith. ”Kids are still thinking about it which is good. It’s in the minds of everybody.”

“It was on social media that the rumors began to spread quickly. Social media is not the place we want our school community to get their information,” said Superintendent of Regional School District #4 Dr. Ruth Levy.

She says social media played a roll in how things were interpreted, misinterpreted, and taken out of context and in this case it hurt an upset but innocent student

“We determined that there was absolutely no credible threat,” said Deep River Resident State Trooper Dawn Taylor.

The Florida shooting is hitting home with many students and prompting them to perhaps look at each other and their actions even more critically. Valley Regional in Deep River held a lock down drill this week driving home the need to be prepared.

“The school is definitely kicking up with more precautions and stuff more drills.
It’s a lot of good stuff coming out of it,” said  Smith.

Even though no arrest was made there was a lot of concern and because of everything that has been going all week long Friday afternoon’s pep rally has been postponed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s