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School threat prompts students to play hooky

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"Non-specific" rumors on Facebook about planned violence at Rapid City Stevens High School may result in a lot of absences Friday.

A Rapid City police patrol car and Pennington County sheriff's vehicle were seen stationed outside of the school Thursday. Its part of the "beefed up" security measures in place this week following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last Friday.

But rumors that a student intended to harm others at Stevens surfaced this week, prompting law enforcement to form a team of detectives to investigate.

In a news release Wednesday, the Rapid City Police Department said none of the rumored threats had been substantiated.

Rumors or not, students say they're not willing to take the chance.

"I know that a lot of people are talking about not coming to school. I wouldn't be surprised if maybe a half or even a third of the school didn't show up," said Andrew Hamlyn, a Stevens High School Junior. 

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