Rumors of fight with weapon spark police response at Stratford High

Goose Creek police are at Stratford High School this morning in response to rumors on social media about a possible fight brewing involving a weapon.

Goose Creek police are at Stratford High School this morning in response to rumors on social media about a possible fight brewing involving a weapon. But school district officials say they have found nothing to suggest the rumors are true.

The rumors stemmed from a fight at the school earlier in the week in which two students were arrested and suspended, said Susan Haire, public information officer for the Berkeley County School District.

Rumors began to spread that a follow-up fight was brewing and that a weapon might be involved, Haire said. Goose Creek police went to the school Wednesday to assist district officials. They searched the school and interviewed all of the students involved, but they found nothing to suggest there was a problem, she said.

The rumors, however, began to spread like wildfire on social media after school, and school officials sent a note to parents alerting them to the situation, Haire said. Police were called in as an added precaution, but school began normally and there have been no signs of problems, she said.

“We have absolutely no reason to believe there is any merit whatsoever to this rumor,” Haire said.

Goose Creek police Capt. John Grainger said police assembled at the school around 7 a,m. “for the purpose of deterring any unusual activities between students.” He said he doesn’t know how long police will remain at the school, which is home to more than 1,700 students. He also did not have any specific information on the students involved in the supposed threat.

Haire said any parents with questions or concerns can call the school at 820-4000.