"We were getting bombarded with call saying that there were Snapchat and social media posts saying that a student was going to come, 'shoot up the school'," said Orland High Principal Victor Perry.
The Orland High community was in a panic this morning.
"In the first 30 minutes the posts grew, their nature change, the rumors grew, took on a life of their own. So we met with staff, notified parents that these are not credible threats," said Geisick.
It all started with a precautionary step regarding a former student, who's currently in a rehab facility in Utah.
"An email came in saying, 'we're worried about this students' - that they're going to have issues at the school," said Perry.
The principal simply sent out a memo asking staff to notify him if they saw this former student on campus. And then the rumors began.
"We started to investigate, we immediately called law enforcement as a precaution to see if they have notice of this person on their radar," said Geisick.
It took hours of vetting.
"Those posts are based on rumor and certainly people are hyper-sensitive and hyper-vigilant, especially after the most recent school shooting, but they are simply not true; we have never had any threat form the student or anyone else," said Geisick.
As all that speculation and fear continued to spread on social media, more and more parents were pulling their kids out of school today.
"A lot of people were freaking out, they actually called home and had their moms pick them up," said student Francisco.
"Over last period 187 kids were absent; I think that it is a precaution to keep your kids home but he's currently not even in the state so it's overdramatic," said Elizabeth Blake, a 12th grade student.
"Half the school didn't show up today, I think it's just ridiculous , half the school didn't even show up," said student Jason.
"I knew the kid, he had a lot of impact on the school, I don't think his parents would have done that," said 12th grader Rain.
"It's awful that someone felt the need to start a rumor about a former student when they didn't have all their facts right," said Blake.
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