Hazen remains alert after weapons rumor

December 20, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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NEW — 7:55 a.m. Dec. 20, 2012

Hazen High School is expected to operate normally today after a rumor that there may be a weapon brought to the school came to administrators’ attention, according to district spokesman Randy Matheson.

The chatter was a rumor, not a threat, and upon further investigation it appeared to be unsubstantiated, Matheson said.

“The rumor was uncorroborated,” he said. “We talked to a bunch of students and any staff who may have heard something and what we learned was that somebody heard something that someone else may have heard.”

Yesterday, Hazen High School principal John R. Kniseley sent an email to parents alerting them of the rumor.

Kniseley wrote in the email that Hazen would work to have school and district security officers “visible and vigilant” today.

Hazen employs a Renton police officer who is assigned as a school resource officer, and was expected to be on campus before school started today. The district also has district security officers available if needed.

Council member Carol Simpson has a son at the school, and given the recent events in Newtown, Conn., as a mother, the email made her pause for a moment.

“You know there was a little tinge of anxiety as a parent,” she said. “I was a little concerned.”

Simpson said her son had not heard anything regarding the rumors and attended school as usual today.

Matheson said school would start and end on time today and that parents should feel comfortable sending their kids to school. Today is the last day of school before winter break begins.

“We’ve heard this rumor, we know about it and their kids are safe to go to schools,” he said.

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