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Superintendent shuts down rumors about threat to Okawville school

What started as a dispute between two students brought police to a Southern Illinois school Friday, according to the superintendent.

Scott Fuhrhop, West Washington County District 10 superintendent, said rumors about a possible threat to students in Okawville stemmed from what he called a student discipline matter.

“There were extra police out here today (Friday), and I’m sure it was in response to Facebook and rumors,” he said.

The district investigated the incident with the students and their parents without involving police, according to Fuhrhop. He said that students would not have been allowed back in the school building if there had been a direct threat.

The Okawville Police Department told KFVS 12 that it found no evidence of a threat in its investigation, which was prompted by a concerned parent’s report that a student allegedly planned to bring a gun to school.

Police did not immediately return calls for comment Friday.

When it was discussed at the school board meeting Thursday night, Fuhrhop said the district officials decided not to put out a statement.

“The situation has been dealt with, and from that point, it just went crazy,” Fuhrhop said.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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