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DECATUR — Police and Decatur School District leaders say recent social media rumors about a gun being brought to Stephen Decatur Middle School and a security guard being stabbed are both false.

"The school liaison officers investigated the rumors and determined them to be untrue," Sgt. Chris Copeland said Thursday. 

The Herald & Review was contacted by people who said they had heard about the alleged incidents. 

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District spokeswoman Maria Robertson said parents were contacted through a robocall from Principal Matt Fraas to let them know the rumors were unfounded. Robertson released the following statement Thursday night in response to a request for comment:

"Administrators were made aware of multiple concerns about Stephen Decatur Middle School circulating on Facebook from a post making false claims about the safety of students. Parents at Stephen Decatur were notified Wednesday evening with a robo call from Principal Fraas to ensure our commitment of making the safety of our students and staff a priority and to dispel the rumors.

"We encourage parents to direct concerns with administration instead of using social media."

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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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