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Elk Grove Schools See 2 Unfounded Rumors of Shootings, 1 Threat

Rumors and threats circulated at two schools this week.

Rumors swirled at an Elk Grove middle school Thursday morning that a shooting would soon take place, but officials were able to confirm they were unfounded, officials say.

Liz Graswich, a spokeswoman for the Elk Grove Unified School District, said the district learned about the rumor at Katherine Albiani Middle School Thursday morning, and immediately asked authorities to look into it.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, which provides law enforcement services to Elk Grove schools, looked into the rumor and found it to be "100 percent unfounded," Graswich said.

"One person said one thing and it really just spiraled," Graswich said, adding there seemed to be "no malicious intent."

A similar incident took place earlier this week at Elk Grove High School, where students circulated rumors there was some sort of "hit list" targeting students, Graswich said.

"The rumor turned out to be 100 percent unfounded," Graswich said.

In a third, unrelated incident this week, a student at Elk Grove High School on Wednesday "threatened a teacher and students in a particular class," Graswich said.

In that case, law enforcement officials were contacted and the Elk Grove Police Department placed the student on a 72-hour mental health hold, Graswich said.

A letter was sent home to parents in each incident, but they are not related, Graswich said.

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John December 21, 2012 at 01:52 AM
All these rumors are unfounded by definition until something actually happens!
EGUSD watcher December 21, 2012 at 02:23 PM
As a society, we have forgotten the teachings of developmental theorists. We focus on the academic and forget the affective side of children, especially when they hit middle and high school. . Let's get back to raising children instead of having children. Standards of acceptable expression begin at home. Schools cannot completely change years of parental influence in just 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Sarah December 21, 2012 at 02:40 PM
My kids go to EGHS this BETTER be 100% unfounded. If it's unfounded WHY a 72 hr hold? What is REALLY going on?????
Liz December 21, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Unfortunately the third incident is real. The article never said that was unfounded. The three are unrelated incidents. I was one of the parent who got a call because my daughter is in the class that was threatened. I have full confidence in the administration, egusd police, as well as the Sheriffs.
John December 21, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Its always nice to get a letter from the Principal letting you know how safe your kids are 6 hours after something like this is reported? I'm so sure they cannot rule out the validity of any of these threats in such a short time? It all smells rather funny to me! Only its NOT funny in any way!
Concerned Parent December 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
If these rumors are unfounded WHY can you call the Sheriffs department to find out if your childs name is on the EGHS hit list???? I think all of us parents would feel much better knowing the TRUTH..... not being mislead as we are by the EGUSD District.
Liz December 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
@John I am not sure which incident you are referring to, but in regards to the the incident where a teacher and classroom were targeted that was reported Wed afternoon/evening and the teenager was placed in a "hold" then. The parents of the kids in the class that was "targeted" were notified Wednesday evening. A letter was sent out via school loop late Thursday morning and a letter was sent home yesterday. I fully support EGUSD and their actions.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Sarah, as others have noted, the 72-hour hold was for the student who allegedly threatened the teacher and students in a particular class. Sorry if that was unclear in the article.
John December 22, 2012 at 01:07 AM
You've made it real clear that you support EGUSD. Good luck with that! Like I said before, all these by definition are considered "unfounded" until there's actually an incident. I have been told by a neighbot that the administration WILL NOT tell the teachers at either school the identity of any of these students in question? Why not? As far as I'm concerned they should be made to wear a pink jumpsuit so EVERYBODY knows who to look out for! So basically the rights of the students in question outweigh the rights and safety of the students and staff? Not cool at all!
Mark Paxson December 22, 2012 at 02:55 AM
EGUSD watcher ... with respect to what you say here, couldn't agree more.
Liz December 22, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Can I ask why you need to know the identity if your child was not directly involved. My daughter was directly involved and I was told the name of the student. Is it fair for the entire student body to know the identity? The student is not coming back to school so again I don't see a valid reason for those not directly involved to know. I did not know the name of the student who had the supposed hit list. My daughter told me and then I asked her questions.
Liz December 22, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I definitely do not want to get into a heated debate about this. All I will say is I have been in the district as a previous student and now my kids are in it. I do not discount anyone feelings about safety. However, 20 years ago there were incidents on our campus with guns. Things like this have happened for years, it is more heightened now due to social media and cyber bullying..as long as we as parents talk with our kids, watch what they are doing online, and watch for warning signs of depression, etc then we will all be ok...I hope you have a great holiday with your family :-)
John December 22, 2012 at 04:32 AM
"my daughter told me then I asked her questions", because you wanted to know so you could be the judge on how to best keep your child safe. The child may or may not return to school but if the teachers don't know the students then how can they determine that the student they are seeing is safe or not? That info might be the difference between someones safety or not. No heated debate here either but I will never have such a blind faith in the districts ability to keep it's students safe. I feel lucky that I don't have a child at the school!
GB December 22, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Does anyone know why there is a helicopter circling School Street in Old EG? we heard someone say something about "there is canine in the area" but couldn't understand anything else. Does anyone know?
GB December 22, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Just to clarify, those words were from the loudspeaker on the helicopter but we couldn't understand anything before or after that. does anyone know what's going on?
LR December 22, 2012 at 08:52 AM
They were looking for someone with a gun
EGUSD watcher December 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Disclosure of student information is regulated by Education Code. The district is required to follow those codes which are completely different from those that police must follow. Those who are calling for a child's name to be publicly announced should consider how they would feel if it were their child. It still comes back to giving support for children and parents who are struggling with disturbed children. Don't throw stones until you have lived it!
John December 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The safety of the entire student body should definately outweigh the rights of a family that chose to hide their childs mental illness like the mother of the jerk who killed all those kids in Connecticut. Needing to live through something is not now nor has it ever been a prerequisite for having an opinion on something! I'm beggining to think that your handle "EGUSD watcher" describes most folks like yourself, "watchers" not "doers"? I never called for a students name to be made public but if thats what needs to be done to protect an entire student body then I'm all for it. The fact that not even the faculty can know the identity of said students is ridiculous! That could very well be the last defense against some of the schools children being shot or killed? It's awful odd its ok for us to know the identity only after something serious happens? Just a side note, I would support and help any family that I knew had a child or children with mental illness. But never any more than I would a mentally ill childs potential victims!
Liz December 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Hi John...Since your do not have a child at EG High how do you know that the faculty was not informed? I was told by the VP as well as by my daughter that the teachers were told. Now if in the case in Connecticut every educator knew of this maniac, how would that make a difference in him forcing his way into the school? How would this make the kids any more safer? Wouldn't this make the bullying including cyber bullying worse and then the kid would ”snap”? Just curious on how you would make it safer for those of us whose kids do go to a school in EG...
John December 23, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The "teacher" of the class that was involved was informed not the "teachers" at EG. There is no way to safeguard against these maniacs totally, unfortunatley! I'm just not in favor if kids being sitting ducks in case this student or students snap. As for what you were told by the VP I'd check again with him/her on that. Perhaps in that one instance?
Liz December 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I just asked my daughter again and she said that all teachers were notified. The VP told her class that. So maybe now the VP is lying?? My daughter also shared 3 classes with this student and those teachers knew, so they must have been notified somehow.
Liz December 23, 2012 at 01:27 AM
My daughter wanted me to add that Thursday morning the administration held a meeting in the theatre to inform the teachers of what happened as well as who the student was. So in case it looks like they were informed.
John December 23, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Perhaps in that one incident the students name was let out? There were three incidents total. Perhaps we are talking about two different things? I know that one of the incidents was found to havbe no merit and a third seems to be very hush hush.

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