No, Hannibal High School did not experience a violent incident at the school Wednesday morning.
No, Hannibal High School did not experience a violent incident at the school Wednesday morning, nor was the school on lockdown.
That was the message of the Hannibal Public School District superintendent in a message to high school parents sent out Wednesday morning.
There is, however, a “precautionary” investigation occurring in conjunction with the Hannibal Police Department.
“We are investigating a student report this morning at Hannibal High School,” Susan Johnson said in her message to parents.
She did not elaborate on that student report, but said the report might have originated from a “misconstrued conversation brought on by the recent events in Florida.” The nation has been on edge since a Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 people, including 14 students and three faculty.
Johnson said the district is working with the Hannibal Police Department “to get to the bottom of it.”
“These measures are purely precautionary,” she advised.
Social media erupted after Johnson's message, with people posting rumors ranging from a lockdown to a shooting at the high school, which educates about 1,100 students.
Johnson pointed out that under these circumstances, “things get embellished.”
“We're doing everything to get this clarified quickly,” she ended.