COLUMBIA (AP) — The Columbia school district plans to strengthen security Friday at its high schools after a wave of rumors during the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.
A source reported that students won't be allowed to leave for lunch or other activities without a "demonstrated academic need." Also, students will be able to enter and leave only through designated doors.
Superintendent Chris Belcher told parents in a letter that rumors of possible violence have been "thoroughly investigated and found to be false."
Still, Belcher noted that some students have been unsettled by last week's killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and by doomsday scenarios purportedly based on the Mayan calendar.
To reassure students and parents that schools are safe, more police will patrol near the schools.