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.