Farmington High social media threat a hoax, officials say

Farmington High administrators reminded parents and students this week about reporting safety concerns, after a threatening social media post went viral.

According to an email sent to parents, two students reported the post to school administrators early Tuesday afternoon. An investigation conducted in cooperation with Farmington Public Safety determined the image was altered with software and had been created more than a month ago.

“In short, based on our initial investigation, and the information gained from multiple students, both administration and the police department believe this to be a social media hoax, without merit,” the email noted.

Because the situation may raise anxiety levels, students will notice an increased police presence at the school on Shiawassee Street in Farmington, administrators said.

“We will also continue to try to identify the source of the fake post, although it is not easy to do so. Our administrators are prepared to speak with anyone in our community who has questions or would like to discuss any of this.”

The email also reminded parents about OK2Say, a State of Michigan program that offers students an opportunity to report threats and safety concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via a website or smart phone app. Learn more at michigan.gov/ok2say/.

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