Facebook post prompts investigation at Valparaiso High School

2012-10-25T11:49:00Z 2012-10-25T23:47:05Z Facebook post prompts investigation at Valparaiso High SchoolTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 25, 2012 11:49 am  • 

VALPARAISO | A Facebook posting that referenced a shooting was investigated by Valparaiso police and school officials Thursday with no evidence that the issue involved Valparaiso High School.

Valparaiso Community Schools Superintendent Michael Berta said about 9:15 a.m. school officials were alerted by students to a Facebook posting that included the question, “Can someone inform me of what the talk about the shooting is?”

Berta said the statement made no reference to Valparaiso High School or any Valparaiso student.

But as a precaution, school officials contacted Valparaiso police.

Berta said police and school officials conducted a thorough investigation, interviewing students and checking Valparaiso High School for evidence of a shooting or potential shooting.

No weapon or evidence was found, Berta said.

In a letter e-mailed to parents, Berta said, "school officials in collaboration with the Valparaiso Police deployed procedures to investigate any relevance to our school and students. The investigation and procedures resulted in no evidence this statement is related to Valparaiso High School.

"All results of the investigation indicate our staff and students are safe. This message provides you with accurate information to negate any rumors that such matters seem to generate."

Berta said classes continued uninterrupted Thursday morning and the school was not placed on lockdown.

Berta said it appears everyone involved handled the situation appropriately.

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