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May 11, 2014
Salem News

Thorns to the know-it-alls who were spreading rumor, hyperbole, exaggeration - call it what you want including sheer b.s. - Thursday afternoon over the Facebook threat made to a SHS student. As we reported Friday, there was no direct threat involving Salem High School. It was not put on lockdown. Heightened security, yes, but not lockdown. Huge difference. It was school business as usual. But the Chicken Littles out there of which there are many started a peckin' away on whatever phone or computer they could grab first, spreading non-truths faster than one of those California wildfires. This included adults. You were a distraction. Let those in the know do their jobs. Trust them to get accurate info to you. You only make it worse by inciting unfounded widespread fear, tying up administrators and bugging cops. This is a splendid example of the downside of having so much tech at one's fingertips. Often involving people with too much time on their hands and not enough common sense in their heads.



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