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Highland school ‘threat’ was comment ‘taken out of context,’ officials say

Highland School District officials say a comment reported as a potential threat by a Highland Middle School student was misinterpreted by another student and that no threat existed. However, there was a police presence at the school Wednesday as a precaution.

Highland Superintendent Mike Sutton said a middle school boy had made a comment on Tuesday that caused another student alarm, and that student then posted about it on the social media site Snapchat. The post was seen by concerned parents, who then alerted the school.

An investigation determined there was not threat, Sutton said.

“It was really a comment that was taken out of context,” Sutton said.

The school district sent the following email out to parents at 6:16 p.m. on Tuesday: “Highland Middle School became aware, this afternoon, of alleged threats against the school by a student. Following a thorough investigation by administration, it has been determined that no threat exists. All relevant parties have been contacted and the Highland Police Department will be on-site tomorrow to provide reassurance. As always, the district welcomes continued notification from students, parents, and community members whenever concerns arise.”

Sutton said the student who made the alleged comment will not face any discipline.

While it proved to be a false alarm, Sutton also praised the student who brought the situation to the attention of others.

“That is what we encourage students to do whenever they encounter anything that might be considered a threat — to report it to an adult,” he said.