11:48 AM

High School administrators in Hollister were contacted by police late yesterday afternoon (04-19-10) about a student who was supposed to bring a weapon to school Tuesday April 20th.

Superintendent Dr. Tim Taylor says the rumor involved a student posting a message on a social networking site about bringing a gun to school.

Hollister High School principal Chris Ford says that police officer and staff members met with the 18 year-old student this morning and discovered that his MySpace page had not had any activity on it for over two months.

Ford declined to discuss any disciplinary actions that might arise against the student who brought the rumor to authorities and administrators. "I can't discuss any issues involving any student because of confidentiality issues."

Ford says, "This is my fourth year in Hollister, and it is the first time I have been contacted by police about a student bringing a gun on campus. Things like this just don't happen in Hollister."

Emails alerting students and parents to the "unsubstantiated rumor" were sent out according to Ford.

The following is the email sent to parents by Principal Ford:

HHS students and parents,

Today, the administration heard a rumor about a possible threat at the high school. The information involved the possible presence of a weapon that a student might bring on the high school campus.

After further inquiry, school administration, in conjunction with police, was able to determine that the rumor was not true. We take the greatest care to ensure everyone's safety at HHS at all times and were completely comfortable that the school was safe. If you have any questions, please contact me at (417) 243-4045.

The safety of your child is our top priority! Thank you for your continued support!

Chris Ford
Hollister High School