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Police Quash School Shooting Rumors

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LAS VEGAS -- Days after the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults, its impact still lingers in Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, Metro Police said they've received reports of numerous rumors about possible violence at area schools in the coming days.

In the last 48 hours, Metro Capt. Tom Roberts said the police department received more than 17 calls about violence at schools in the coming days.

Roberts said these are just rumors.

On the 8 News NOW Facebook page, comments poured in from parents who said they were concerned about their child's safety.

Roberts said there's no need to worry.

"So far, nothing's been substantiated," he said. "They've all dead-ended and just been rumor."

Metro teamed up with Clark County School District Police to calm fears about possible violence at valley schools this week.

"Some of those are repeated type threats and we're following up on the same issues and really our message today is instead of spreading it, report it," Roberts said.

The department has received more than 17 threats against middle and high schools.

But the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has one Las Vegas mother afraid, even to give her name.

"My daughter told me yesterday that there was a rumor going around her school, someone was going to do a shooting on Friday," said the mother who asked to be called "Ann." "Part of the 'The world's going to end, he might as well do it,' for them."

She said she refuses to take any chances.

"What do you plan to do?" Ann said. "Right now, honestly, I don't even care if they tell me it's safe, I'd rather keep my child home."

Valley law officers are ramping up school safety measures this week through what's called a school violence initiative.

It's where they team up to vet any threats against schools, including people who start and spread rumors.

"We're very serious about it," CCSD Police Lt. Ken Young said. "This is not a time that we're going to play games with you, you will face prosecution."

8 News NOW received several emails from parents asking if they should send their kids to school on Friday.

Several officers today said their kids will be in school throughout the week and despite the shooting in Connecticut, Las Vegas area schools are safe.

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