Law enforcement officers insisted Tuesday that southern Nevada schools were safe and no violence was imminent following a number of rumored threats in recent days.
Las Vegas Metro and Clark County School District police departments addressed the rumors during a news briefing.
According to Metro, at least 17 rumored threats were made to middle and high schools in the last two days. None of the threats were factual and those schools were deemed safe, Metro said.
Metro stated the threats were repeated on social media this week, but none of them were specific.
"It's very scary," said parent Maria Sudberg. "It's scary for any parent. I try to push it in the back of my mind. I try not to think about it."
"The community was a little uneasy after what occurred on Friday," said Capt. Tom Roberts of Las Vegas police. "We think it's important that we make folks feel safe and that they can send their kids to school on Friday."
In response, though, Metro said increased patrols were assigned to middle and high schools. Metro also assigned officers around elementary schools in the wake of the Newtown, CT, shooting.
On Tuesday, the district released information on its safety measures. Among them include required check-in systems for visitors, sophisticated camera systems to monitor for unauthorized people and random campus checks from police.
The joint police forces strongly discouraged parents and students from spurring rumors of threats, which would cause unnecessary fear to spark.
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