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Text from Rockmart HS student misinterpreted as threat

8:14 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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ROCKMART, Ga. -- The school day operated as normal at Rockmart High School after a student's text message was misinterpreted by its recipients.

The student, whose name was not released, sent the text to classmates Friday morning, according to Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells.

Apparently, the text was sent to several more students who misinterpreted it as a threat. The original sender quickly created a second text that clarified what he'd been trying to say, Sorrells said.

An initial report said that two students had been arrested in this case, but Sorrells said nobody was taken into custody. Investigators spoke with the student and his parents and decided not to pursue charges.

Rockmart High School was never evacuated, but about 30 or 40 parents picked up their children early Friday morning, and several others did not send their kids to school at all, according to Polk County dispatcher Bob Johnson. Sorrells added that many of those parents brought their children back to school later in the day.

The Polk School District has not decided whether it will discipline the student.

Sorrells told 11Alive News that this incident is a perfect reminder for students to be careful about what they text and post on social media.

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