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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A local school is trying to squash rumors after one parent's Facebook post with incorrect information was shared almost 100 times.

East High officials in Waterloo say a parent wrote a status Monday claiming someone was going to shoot kids at the school, but that was never the case.

It all happened because of a Facebook thread on Friday.

There were some references to someone using a gun at the school, however police looked into the post and found there was no threat.

But the recent post from the parent snowballed this situation out of control and has left a mess for the school district to clean up.

Tara Thomas, Director of School and Community Relations says this just goes to show how social media is like an extension of the game telephone.

"It's like you can't scream fire in a movie theater," said Thomas.

But Thomas says what the parent did is exactly like that.

Even after reaching out to the parent multiple times, she refused to take the post down.

Now, all Thomas hopes this ordeal is a lesson to all adults on social media.

"We ask our kids to be responsible on social media, and we want to extend that to parents as well. Don't post something that could be detrimental to the safety of the family and students because of a rumor that you haven't verified through our district or police," said Thomas.

She says if someone's safety were ever in jeopardy, she wouldn't want there to be a situation like the boy who cried wolf.

Thomas says the district sent police to the parent's house to talk about the gravity of her post.

The post has since been taken down.

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