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Grissom High School not on lockdown, school district urges calm despite internet rumors

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We have had several emails and phone calls about a possible threat at Grissom High School on Friday morning.  Huntsville City Schools says central office received numerous calls too, but urged the community to remain calm.

There was NO lockdown at Grissom, and that was the case all morning.  School district spokesperson Keith Ward sent out a schoolcast announcement to parents to urge calm.   He said there was no need to come and check students out of school.

WHNT News 19 continued to get calls through the morning, saying there was a swarm of police at the school.  That was not true.

Ward went to Grissom on Friday morning due to the rumors.  As we spoke with him on the phone, he said there were two police cars out front, but those belonged to the school resource officers who work at Grissom every day.  He said there was additional security, as well as some maintenance vehicles.

He said a few extra staff members were brought in to help with parents checking students out of school.

Ward said some people had expressed concern about social media rumors, which were not specific to any school or city. They’ve been on the Internet for quite some time.  WHNT News 19 has had additional questions throughout the week from people who had seen similar messages shared on Facebook.