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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are investigating after rumors that someone was planning to bring a gun to PRP High School Tuesday.
According to JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey, the rumor started to spread on Monday until it reached some parents and school administrators. So school officials asked police to increase their presence out of an abundance of caution.
A total of 7 to 8 LMPD officers were sent to the school, along with a K9 unit. After a sweep of the school, no weapons were found.
JCPS officials say the school is safe.
Officials say there's no reason to believe there was any credibility to the threat, but some parents decided to keep their children home from school anyway.
We're told the concern started Monday night when a parent called PRP officials to say that her child got the information from another student (who had heard it from another student).
JCPS officials say this is nothing more than a new twist on old rumor, with Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms causing the perceived threat to spread rapidly.
Parents' fears are also fueled by the fact that the threats come just days after dozens of people were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.
In addition to keeping a close eye on the school, JCPS and LMPD are trying to figure out who made the initial threat.
"We certainly understand in the wake of what happened on Friday the concern that people have," Jackey said. "They're concerned all the time about their students, and we are as well."
Jackey asked that parents "parents exercise good judgment and understand that everything is being done at PRP High School -- and every school throughout the country right now -- to make sure that students are safe."
We'll have an updated report coming up on WDRB News.