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That the Coeur d'Alene School District circulated the following email to parents to high school and middle school students at 7:55 a.m. today to quell rumors that were circulating yesterday re: a possible threat later this week:

"Rumors are circulating through our students at the high school level that someone may bring a weapon to school on Friday and hurt people.  This is coming from both high schools and may also be trickling down to the middle school level.  Please know that administration is working closely with the CdA Police Department and following up on social media posts and interviewing students.  At this point, nothing is substantiated other than a horrible rumor.  Unfortunately in light of the tragic events from last week, even a rumor is striking fear in many of our students and parents.  The CdA Police Department and Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department are both committed in helping reassure our community.  You may see a heightened presence around our schools this week.  ... More below:

"The school district will send out a parent communication later today giving additional details on our School Emergency Response Plans and a meeting we had earlier this week with local law enforcement on ways we can enhance our solid school security plans.  That said, the most important security measure we can focus on today isn’t found in metal detectors, but in us all building caring relationships with each other, and in sharing information and concerns with school district officials and the proper authorities.  If you hear your child or other parents talking about rumors regarding safety at school, reassure them authorities are aware and working on it.  If anyone gives you specific details or names of individuals sharing the information, we want to know.  We take rumors extremely seriously.  Any information is worth sharing.  Communication is one of the key elements to us all keeping our schools safe. We will keep you posted if law enforcement determines there is any credible information from the rumors.  School is open.  Staff at each one of our schools remains dedicated and diligent in the safety of your student.  Thank you."

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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