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CPS Responds to Attack Rumors

Columbia Public Schools leaders are taking extra safety precautions on Friday, December 21st due to safety concerns.In a letter sent out to students and parents, the district is hoping to discourage the spread of rumors of a “possible planned violent act” at one of the district’s high schools. The letter states a rumor is being spread regarding a gun on campus or a possible shooting.Because of the possible threat, the district will take the following actions on Friday at the district’s high schools:- All high school campuses will be closed campuses. No students will be permitted to leave for lunch or AUT. Students can only leave campus if there is a “demonstrated academic need.”- There will be strict controlled access to all buildings. Students will only be able to enter or exit through designated doors with staff stationed at the entryways.- If determined necessary, students may be searched.- Police will be increasing their presence around the buildings.The district says these actions will continue to be implemented as necessary in order to keep students and staff safe. The rumors are considered terroristic threats and are subject to punishment through the Board of Education, which may result in a student being expelled from the school.Columbia Public Schools says the district and the Columbia Police Department are investigating and will continue to investigate all rumors.The district states the extra precautions are only at the three Columbia high schools. Elementary and junior high schools are not affected.

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