Social media rumors prompt extra security at Wichita high school

School officials say the rumors stemmed from an off-campus fight that involved some South High students.

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Extra security measures are in place at South High School after of rumors of violence were posted to social media.

Wichita School District spokeswoman Wendy Johnson says the rumors stemmed from an off-campus fight that happened Wednesday afternoon involving some South High students. The fight happened outside of school hours in a nearby neighborhood.

Johnson says school leaders became concerned after threatening messages regarding the fight were posted to social media. The school was never placed on lockdown but additional safely measures were put in place and extra police officers were assigned to patrol the school grounds.

Johnson says parents were notified this afternoon about what happened with the following message:

"Good afternoon, South High parents, this is principal Cara Ledy. We wanted to make you aware of a fight that occurred off campus on Wednesday a couple of blocks from our school. While it did not occur at South, there were rumors spread through social media that there may be an incident that would happen during the school day today because of that fight. Even though this was just a rumor, we take school safety very seriously. We have additional security measures in place today and additional Wichita Police officers at South as a precaution. The Wichita Police Department has assisted us in investigating who posted the social media messages, which caused a significant disruption to our school day. The students involved will face disciplinary action and the spreading of rumors and threats through social media or any other means will not be tolerated. We are confident that students are safe at school and classroom learning will go on as scheduled. Thank you for your continued support of South High."

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