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Parents react after threats of violence at HSE

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Officials with Hamilton Southeastern High School announced Friday a pep rally was postponed after rumors swirled about an “act of violence” that was planned to happen at the rally.

Officials say the pep rally was originally slated to happen on Friday afternoon. There was also an increased police presence at Hamilton Southeastern’s playoff basketball game, held at Carmel High School.

HSE administrators say police have not been able to confirm the rumors of violence, but they postponed the event due to “elevated anxiety stoked by social media.”

Parents were notified of the situation by email Friday afternoon. They thought the school and police did a good job of keeping students safe.

“Social media has a mind of its own, I think, and a lot of times things are somewhat blown out of proportion,” parent Jeff Cleckner said. “But I understand the school has got to maintain their stance and be vigilant and keep everybody safe.”

“I think they have to cancel the event, it’s sad that they have to do that, but I think to err on the side of caution is the best way to go,” parent Mary Joesten added.

Because of the threat, police say they also had an increased presence as school dismissed at Hamilton Southeastern High School.