Falls High was declared on "place and secure" status Dec. 17 "as a result of some rumors that the kids overheard," Superintendent Dr. Todd M. Nichols said.

"One student overheard a conversation that stemmed from last school year," according to the superintendent. "The student reported what was heard to administration and the 'place and secure' designation was issued at approximately 10 a.m."

Nichols said the students were interviewed by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department and administrators and their parents were notified.

Despite concluding there was no immediate threat, Nichols said the decision was made to leave the school on "place and secure" status for the remainder of the school day "just for everybody's peace of mind." Place and secure is not a new designation, according to the superintendent. It limits hallway traffic and restricts the issuance of hall passes, he said.

An AlertNow phone message went out to parents from Cuyahoga Falls High School administrative principal Anne Alfano at about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17.

"There's been no viable threat or anything reported," Falls Police Capt. Jack Davis told the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press that day.

j" It's snippets of kids talking that is just kind of causing everybody to be nervous I think everybody's on edge from Friday's events (the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown Conn.)."

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