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Deputies investigate rumored threat at Sabino HS

Posted at 7:44 AM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 19:16:42-05

Pima County Sheriff's deputies are investigating rumors of a shooting threat made at Sabino High School Wednesday. More than 300 students stayed home, representing about 33 percent of the student body.

Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman Stefanie Boe said deputies and the school's student resource officer are looking into the rumor, which circulated among text messages and social networks via students Tuesday night. 

The district does not deem the threat credible but took precautions. In addition to tightened security, the district sent a message to parents to alert them of the rumor. Deputies found the threat to be false.

The school is located at 5000 N. Bowes Road. Classes are proceeding as normal.

Here is the text of the voice mail sent to parents by principal Russell Doty:

Good morning Sabino families. This is Russell Doty, Sabino principal. Out of an abundance of caution, after hearing of a rumor of a threat, Pima County Sheriff's department initiated an investigation. Even though the investigation is continuing, additional school resource officers and school safety officers will be on campus today. The school, TUSD and the Pima County Sheriff's department take school and student safety seriously and will work closely together to ensure a safe and secure learning environment. Thank you.