This week’s mass killing at a high school in Germany, a disturbing reminder of the shooting at Columbine High massacre nearly 10 years ago, may have fed fears that students were going to bomb San Ramon’s California High School.
The Contra Costa Times says that 600 to 700 students stayed home from school today, and school officials speculate the huge number of absences has to do with rumors flying around the area that students were planning to set bombs at the school.
Police and San Ramon Valley School District officials heard those same rumors earlier in the week, investigated them, and found no credible threat. School officials assured parents of that in e-mails sent Thursday.
The rumors turned out to be based on idle chit-chat among students hanging out at a San Ramon skate park, officials told the Times. Students overheard two boys about a video game that involved diffusing bombs set at a high school and how such an attack could be carried out at California High School.
Despite the district’s assurances that students would be safe, hundreds stayed home The 2,700-student school usually has about 70 students absent daily.