LOWELL — Tri-Creek School Corp. administrators are dispelling rumors Thursday that a Lowell Middle School student was in possession of a gun Wednesday as the school day ended.
In an email from Tri-Creek Superintendent Rod Gardin, parents were informed that Lowell and Lake County police worked with the district's director of safety and security to investigate a tip from students claiming to have seen "something black" in another students' hand.
On reviewing video footage, according to the superintendent's email, the item was determined to be a cell phone.
Gardin said the rumor initially was reported to a teacher later that night at a middle school band concert. He encouraged students to come forward immediately with concerns rather than talk to friends, or wait to report for a time period in which rumors could spread.
"Our schools are safe places with great kids who everyday, 99.9 percent of the time, do what they're supposed to do," Gardin said. "None of them have dangerous behavior."
He said Thursday school administrators will investigate whether the report was made as a mistake or is an instance of false reporting.
"While we want staff and students to say something if they see something, that needs to be done immediately so that matter can be promptly investigated and accurately to avoid false accusations and worry," Gardin said in his message to parents. "Please know that we work hard every day to keep everyone safe."