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Deputies: Threat made against Chaparral High not credible

Two students reported a shooting threat they received over their phones to administrative staff. Dougco deputies investigated, found the student that made the threat and realized it wasn't credible, the principal says.
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A shooting threat made against Chaparral High is reportedly not credible, according to a letter sent home to parents by the school's principal.

Two students told Chaparral administrative staff about a shooting threat they both received anonymously over their phones, according to the letter. Principal Greg Gotchey said the school notified the Douglas County Sheriff's Office immediately.

The sheriff's office investigated and by that evening had found the student who made the threat. They spoke to that person and deemed the threat non-credible, Gotchey explains in his letter.

It was an "inappropriate AirDrop message," the sheriff's office says.

AirDrop is a way of sharing files in close-proximity via BlueTooth technology. If you don't have the person in your contacts and accept AirDrop messages, it's possible for a person to send a message anonymously.

Gotchey also asked that people not spread rumors of potential false information on the internet. He says posts were being shared about this being a real threat.

"I do appreciate all of you who reached out with your concerns," he wrote. "The response was overwhelming and I know we are all dedicated to creating a safe learning environment for our students."

Students can always report an anonymous tip through the Text-a-Tip app on their cell phones. You can find out more about the program at your local school.

You can also call Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233.

School will be held as usual at Chaparral High on Wednesday. Additional security may be at the school out of an abundance of caution, Gotchey said.