Weapons and Rumors

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Students say it's a big deal, and administrators say it's not.

There are an estimated 1,300 students attending Wakulla High School. On Friday, administrators say anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of those students either didn't come to school or left early because of rumors that someone was bringing a weapon to school.

"I saw a bunch of kids panicking and leaving school," said one Wakulla High School student.

"I just heard a bunch of stuff about people bringing guns to school. I got scared and wanted to leave," said another.

The superintendent of schools, David Miller, said he didn't want to speak on camera because this is an unsubstantiated rumor. He says he spent Thursday and Friday at Wakulla High School, and things have been quiet.

Students say the rumors started on Tuesday and circulated quickly. The Wakulla County deputies heard about it and immediately investigated.

"The officers received information, an unsubstantiated rumor, that someone might be coming to school with a weapon. Officers looked into it and could not find anything," said MAJ Bill Poole with the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

Administrators and deputies say there were some students and parents honestly concerned, but believe most students took advantage of a rumor to have a free Friday afternoon.

WCTV was told by a student that school administrators told them the school was going to excuse all absences. The superintendent says that is not true; each absence will be dealt with on an individual basis.