After rumors of a possible school shooting at Soldotna High School spread via social media Wednesday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District along with local law enforcement have found the threat to be unsubstantiated. At both Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep School, however, there was an increased police presence Thursday.
“Law enforcement confirmed that no verified threat has been substantiated, and the rumors seem to be just that, rumors,” the school district posted to their Facebook page.
The district became aware of the threat after students shared it through social media.
“The school district became aware of a warning circulating with students on social media stating, ‘there are rumors of a shooting at sohi tomorrow, please do not go to school,’” the district wrote in a post on Facebook.
A second threat against the Soldotna Prep principal happened during the school day on Wednesday, according to the district’s Facebook post, which was investigated with district behavioral threat assessment protocols. The threat was also unsubstantive.
“Student safety and school security is always the first thing taken into consideration when assessing any situation,” the district wrote on Facebook.
An increased police presence will be at both Soldotna Prep and Soldotna High to calm fears.
Schools opened at their regular schedule on Thursday, and the district reported more absences from Soldotna schools than usual.