Wednesday September 25, 2013
Derby Police and Derby School authorities say they've found no threat after investigating what they call threat rumors.
Derby Police Chief Robert Lee tells KAKE news, "We've interviewed over 20 kids that may have first hand knowledge of whether a threat was made or not made. We've also interviewed the person who allegedly made it. And we have no first hand witnesses that heard any threat. We do not believe a threat was made. The witness statements we have do not show a threat was made."
Chief Lee says, "This is one of those things that becomes a rumor and it's repeated and it goes to social media."
Speaking of social media, it was a Facebook friend who first brought it the attention of Derby parents Steven and Taryn Laird.
Taryn Laird says her Facebook friend asked her, "Did you hear of this kid who's got a hit list and is threatening to get rid of kids by Friday? And I said no."
Laird says she called her son, a Derby High sophomore and asked him about it. "And he says yea there is one. And he gave me a list that I wrote down which said three kid's names and what they were on the list And they said the kid walks down the aisles in school and (says) like you're number two and you're number five. So it really freaked me out."
Derby Schools notified parents Wednesday of the findings of the police investigation.
The Lairds say they're not convinced but say their son will remain in school.
And though police say this turns out not to be a credible threat, both police and school authorities encourage parents and students to speak up if they know of a threat.
Derby School Assistant Superintendent Heather Bohaty says people can call the school safety hotline at 1-877-626-8203 to report a threat.