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Gun scare prompts some parents to keep kids home

June 06, 1998

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An unknown number of parents of Waynesboro Area Middle School students kept their children home Friday, the last day of school for the year, in the wake of rumors that a student or students would come to class with guns.

Schools Superintendent Robert Mesaros said school was not called off. Classes were let out at 10 a.m., a normal time for the last day.

"We had no reason to close school," Mesaros said. He also said he didn't know how the rumors got started.

Mesaros said he and John Krebs, the school principal, received many calls from parents at their homes Thursday night. He said the Waynesboro Police Department also received calls.

He said Krebs checked out the school and found nothing to substantiate the rumors. "We agreed that if we found any definitive evidence to suggest that we should close the school we would have. We concluded that it was just a rumor that somehow got started."

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He said he understood parents' fears "given the current climate."

There has been a spate of incidents involving students with guns in school across the nation this year, several of which ended with students and teachers being shot, some fatally.

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