No evidence of school threat in Morgan County, authorities say

MCCONNELSVILE, Ohio (WTAP) - Authorities say reports of a Morgan County student bringing a gun to school and making threats are unfounded.

Sheriff Douglas McGrath says rumor began swirling on social media after an incident in a classroom at Morgan High School in McConnelsville on Dec. 12.

Authorites say a sheriff's deputy working as a school-resource officer began an investigation that same day about a rumor that a student was making threats and might be bringing a gun to school.

The sheriff says officers did a thorough search at the school. They also talked to the student, many of his classmates, school officials and parents but found no evidence of any threats or a gun.

Morgan Local School District Superintendent Lori Lowe reiterated the sheriff's findings, saying there's no evidence of any threats being made.

She says authorities began their investigation immediately after hearing about the rumors.

McGrath says the student admitted to being angry and punching a wall after apparent bullying by others in his class.