The Associated Press reported that parents withdrew hundreds of students from a high school and middle school in Bogalusa, La., Tuesday amid reports that a man had been arrested for allegedly approaching students at a bus stop and handing over a handwritten note alluding to the Virginia Tech massacre. Jerry Payne, superintendent of the Bogalusa city schools, said police arrested a 53-year-old man who allegedly handed the note to a student waiting for a bus to a private school in nearby Franklinton, La.
The Kansas City Star reported that school officials at Bishop Miege High School in Kansas City sent out a letter to parents and students Wednesday to defuse a rumor that school violence would break out at the school Friday, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. It mentioned two metro area schools that closed last week because of false threats. It also said that the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy had contributed to the rumor mill.
The Associated Press reported that a former student of Hartselle High School in Hartselle, Ala., was arrested in South Carolina Wednesday because of a comment posted on a MySpace account. The school was on partial lockdown, meaning parents could check their kids out. Nearly half of the school's 900 students were checked out.