Rumor of school shooting has people on edge

LA PORTE, Texas - A rumor at La Porte High School sent a wave of concern through parents, students and teachers Wednesday. The school received a threat that someone "was going to shoot up the school on Friday."

Students said they were aware of the threat and are on alert.

"It's like an eerie feeling in school. You can feel the tension," student Jeramiah Golla said. "They've got to keep the place locked down and amp up security on Friday."

La Porte police officers are keeping a close watch on students and the school. Patrols were seen driving by campus on Wednesday.

After the mass shooting of teachers and students in Newtown, Conn., no one is taking anything for granted.

"It's terrifying. You never know. After everything that's happened, you never know what's going to happen. All we can do is be safe and prepare for what you can," student Jordan Torres said.

La Porte ISD issued the following statement.

"The safety of La Porte ISD students and staff is always our foremost concern, and we take all threats very seriously. We are aware of the rumors regarding the possibility of an incident involving a gun at La Porte High School this Friday. We are exercising due diligence and proceeding in a state of heightened awareness and appropriate caution, working closely with the La Porte Police Department. A letter will be going home with La Porte High School students today (12-19-2012), and LPHS parents also are receiving a message through the district's callout system."

La Porte High School Principal Todd Schoppe sent the following letter to parents.

"I am writing you to let you know that there have been rumors being spread of a gun incident occurring at the LPHS campus on Friday. Please know that the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are always our first priority.  We are aware and are exercising due diligence and proceeding in a heightened state of situational awareness and caution in complete cooperation with local law enforcement.  This heightened state of situational awareness is in place as we speak. We are committed to providing a safe orderly environment for our teachers to teach and our students to learn.  This will be a great final week and end of the first semester at LPHS."

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