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December 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Extra deputies to patrol Kitsap schools after rumors of violent threat

Rumors that something violent would happen at Kingston High School Friday, a week after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, have prompted the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office to step up its presence at three school districts.

The Sheriff’s Office started investigating a possible threat after an alert from Kingston High School’s vice principal that there were rumors about planned violence. Deputies are taking the matter seriously, though detectives have not been able to substantiate any credible danger.

“You have kids talking trash and smack. Then it gets tweeted and spreads like wildfire,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilson.

Some parents have been getting auto-calls from schools about a possible threat, and they tweeted about it Thursday afternoon.

There are usually a minimum of nine deputies making rounds at the North Kitsap, Central Kitsap and South Kitsap school districts, but on Friday there will be an additional six. They’ll visit high schools and middle schools first, then try to get to as many elementary schools as possible, Wilson said.

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