The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 19, 2014

Ferrara: Reports false of gun at school

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

GREENVILLE — Reports on social media that a student threatened to bring a weapon to Greenville High School are unfounded.

Mark Ferrara, Greenville schools superintendent, said there was an issue with a student making an inappropriate comment last week “regarding behavior and affecting other people’s lives,” but did not give more information about the incident.

“This did not include weapons,” he said. “The school handled it and the police were not involved.”

The comment by the high-schooler was dealt with by the staff who called the parents, according to Ferrara.  

“This was one of the actual easy ones to deal with,” Ferrara said. “There were countless rumors going around on social media, and none of that is true in any shape or form.”

School officials, who could not give details of the actual incident due to confidentiality rules, talked to several concerned parents who were relieved the report was false, Ferrara said.

“We just want to put our constituents’ minds at ease,” Ferrara said. “Hopefully people are hearing that.”

Ferrara surmised that once the issue got to social media, it was blown out of proportion.

“I just wish people would take it for it’s worth. It’s not gospel,” Ferrara said. “All the drama it causes is unfortunate.”

Attendance was down at Greenville schools Tuesday but Ferrara said it is not uncommon with a two-hour weather delay. He said the school was in business as usual with everyone focused on education goals.