Rumor of violent student prompts River Bluff principal to act

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 23, 2014 

Dr. Luke Clamp, principal at River Bluff High School, gives a tour of the state-of-the-art new school in Lexington, Wednesday, August 14, 2013. The school features a Flex Mod structure that supports students individually and build community.

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— A “prevalent rumor” of a violent student wishing to harm himself, herself or others has prompted the principal at River Bluff High School to discuss it with students, staff and students.

Luke Clamp sent an email Thursday to students and staff that says the school is “working hard to combat a rumor, and we need your help,” A recorded version of the statement will go out to parents, according to Lexington School District One spokesman Mary Beth Hill.

“The story has become one of those urban legends — a story told as fact based on a mixture of truth and fantasy, which is passed from person to person, and is perpetuated by some general panic. It is rapidly being told and retold with enough realistic type details to make it believable,” Clamp’s email reads.

“Are we taking these rumors seriously? Of course, we are.”

Clamp said school administrators and the school’s resource officer from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department are investigating any and all rumors.

“Thus far, every rumor has turned out to be just that — rumor,” he said,

Clamp encourages students to not pass along any rumors to neighbors or friends, because that “encourages panic.” However, he warns, all rumors should be reported to a school administrator or SRO Deputy Ron Byrd.

He shared the school’s Tip Line (803-821-1232) where concerns can be anonymously reported. He also shared the CrimeStoppers number of 888-274-6372.

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