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School gun rumor debunked

School administrators debunked rumors on Monday that a student was planning to bring a gun to John Sedgwick Junior High in Port Orchard.

The rumor spread quickly via text messages, e-mails and on-line Web sites like MySpace.com, prompting parents to phone the school and South Kitsap School Districts administration building asking about the rumor.

“We’ve received numerous, numerous phone calls,” Community Relations Director Aimee Warthen said. “It’s just amazing just how fast this rumor spread and got everyone so concerned.”

The rumor changed as it moved, Sedgwick Principal Jay Villars said — some parents called having heard an actual shooting had occured at the school.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the rumor Sunday evening, and continued with an all day investigation at John Sedgwick on Monday morning.

Villars said detectives and administrators spoke with students, trailed text messages and searched e-mails and MySpace.com Web pages to track the source of the rumor and eventually declared it unsubstantiated.

Villars said parents are welcome to call him directly at 874-6091 if they have any information.

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