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Officials: Forsyth Central school shooting threat a rumor

CUMMING — Officials say a threat of a school shooting has been directed at Forsyth Central High, but that it so far remains a rumor.

The Forsyth County school system and local law enforcement have been investigating the threat since last week, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the school district.

After receiving “heightened inquiries” due to rumors and speculation continuing to spread in the community, she said, school and district officials decided to inform parents of the situation.

An automated voice message from Central’s principal, Mitch Young, went out Monday morning.

“In this particular case, there has been nothing discovered indicating that any real or credible threat exists,” the message said.

According to Caracciolo, normal schedules remained in place at the school on Tribble Gap Road in Cumming.

“It’s a threat, and we take all threats seriously,” Caracciolo said. “But so far, it has not been validated.”

The threat comes in the wake of recent threats and school shootings in Georgia and across the country.

Sunday afternoon in Newton County, east of Atlanta, an Oxford College sophomore was arrested after threatening on social media to "shoot up" the campus.

On Oct. 1, a 26-year-old student opened fire on the Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon, killing nine and injuring nine others.

Last year, active shooter training was conducted at South Forsyth High School to prepare for a situation authorities hope won’t ever occur.