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No Charges Filed In Connection With Talk Of Shooting Overheard In Hallway Of Richardson Middle School

Nov 06, 2018 07:26PM ● By Bill Gilman

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 No charges are expected to be filed in connection with a disturbing conversation between two students, overheard on Friday at the Richardson Middle School.
In a joint press release, 
Police Chief Peter Bartlett and Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone said police and school department officials fully investigated the incident, which took place around 10 a.m.
According to the release, a Richardson student overheard two other students talking in a hallway. Included in the conversation was a reference to a school shooting that would take place at Richardson later in the day. The student reported what they had heard to school officials who, in turn, immediately notified police.
According to several parents with children at Richardson, Principal Maria McGuinness notified middle school families of the situation via an automated phone call.
Officers arrived at the school within minutes to conduct an investigation. According to the release from Bartlett and Stone, it was quickly determined that there was no actual danger to the students or staff of the school and classes continued without interruption.
"This is an excellent example of see something, say something," said Bartlett. "In this case, we were quickly able to determine that there was no danger, but the student absolutely did the right thing in reporting what they overheard."
While no charges are expected to be filed, school officials have been in contact with the families of the two students involved. It was not immediately known what, if any, disciplinary action the school department will hand down.
“Comments related to potential harm towards any member of our school community, whether they are made with or without intent, are taken seriously and are not tolerated in our schools,” said Stone.

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