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Officials dismiss Collierville High threat as rumor

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Parents at Collierville High School panicked after their children told them of an alleged shooting threat, but officials said the threat was just a rumor.

According to a spokesperson for the town of Collierville, students spread rumors on social media that someone was supposed to bring a gun to school. Investigators have found no evidence of a weapon on campus.

The school did not go on lockdown and classes proceeded as usual.

Parents and students said the threat was over what was worn at a football game last week. Students said they were asked to wear black as a sign of protest, but some wore red, white, and blue instead.

Despite officials saying the threats were all a rumor, some parents would rather be sure their child was safe at home.

"They're in there. They are nervous. They are scared," Stephanie Hall said. "I just wanted to get my child and bring my baby home so I know she's safe."

Sheriff’s deputies and Collierville police came to the school to search for a weapon, but found nothing. Parents said as the search was happening, their children were sending text messages asking to leave.

"It was scary,” Stephanie Moorley said. “This is just the day and age we live in unfortunately."

Dozens of parents showed up to remove their children from school.

While the threat was just a rumor, many parents said they will use this as a lesson to speak to their children about what to do in a real-life situation.

"What if something did happen?” Hall asked. “You hit the floor, lay down, and pretend you’re dead and you know she’s going to get out of there safe."

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