Richland students home safe after rumors of violence
Students at Richland High School are home safe tonight after rumors of violence broke out at the school connected to the Mayan end-of-the-world doomsday prediction.
Students say nothing out of the ordinary happened today.
They say today, was just another day at school.
Yesterday, there were rumors across the world, including at Richland High School, that violence would break out everywhere today, and people need to protect themselves with guns.
School administrators and police officers investigated the rumors in Richland, and found all of them to be hoaxes.
But just as a precaution, extra Richland police officers were at the school today to make sure all the students were safe throughout the day.
"Nothing really happened today" said Mark McDonald, student.
"Nothing happened. So they were just rumors" said Allison Perry, student.
"I felt pretty safe. I didn't think that anything would happen" said Nathan McDonald, student.
"There is always cause for awareness. We don't want to have anyone live in fear, but we do want to have everyone live with a heightened degree of awareness. And that's one of the things that we're trying to emphasis with our presence" said Cpt. Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.
Richland police also had extra officers at Hanford High School, and officers checked in throughout the day at middle and elementary schools within the city - even though there were no rumors of violence there.
Richland police say even though there were some extra officers on duty today at the schools, police do regularly check in with the middle and elementary schools, and the high schools have school resource officers.
Police say they regularly check in with schools so they can build relationships with staff members, parents and students, and also to know the layout of each school.
That way, everyone is more prepared in case of an emergency.