Stratford atwitter over fight talk

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

Goose Creek police set up at Stratford High School on Thursday morning in response to rumors on social media about a possible fight brewing involving a weapon. But school district officials say they found nothing to suggest those rumors were 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, spokeswoman 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 and school officials checked the campus and spoke with 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, prompting school officials to send 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 were 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 extra police assembled at the school around 7 a.m. and left about 90 minutes later when no sign of a threat was detected. School resource officers remained in place to monitor the school, but the day was uneventful, he said.

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