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Sheriff: No truth to rumors that violence may occur at Jefferson schools Friday

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RIGBY — The Jefferson County Sheriff says there is no truth to rumors that possible violence may occur Friday at schools in the county.

“A rumor was started today at Rigby High School that stated one of our students could possibly cause harm to others at school tomorrow,” Sheriff Steve Anderson said in a Facebook post Thursday evening. “School resource officers immediately started safety measures and the student in question was removed from class and questioned by the sheriff’s office.”

Anderson says investigators determined there was “absolutely no threats of any kind made by this student” and he was the victim of a rumor.

“The school administration and the parents of the student decided to not have him attend school tomorrow (Friday) because he was now being threatend by other students. The student in question was not suspended nor was any criminal action taken,” Anderson says.

The sheriff says his office takes safety seriously and asks anyone who has heard of anything suspicious to contact them.

“We are being vigilant and communicating with Rigby Police Chief Tower and Superintendant Lisa Sherick,” Anderson says. “God bless and be with the families who have lost loved ones this past week to school violence.”

This isn’t the first threat of possible violence at eastern Idaho schools recently. Challis High School has received two threats in the last seven days. At least one of those threats resulted in a student being taken into custody, according to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.

An anonymous gun threat was also made at Teton High School in Driggs on Feb. 15.