Galt po­lice push back on false re­ports of Lib­erty Ranch gas leaks

Stu­dents en­cour­aged to at­tend school af­ter on­line prank falsely claimed gas leaks can­celed classes at Lib­erty Ranch High School

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two - By Jennifer Bon­nett

GALT — Galt Po­lice on Mon­day morn­ing took to Face­book to en­cour­age Lib­erty Ranch High School par­ents and stu­dents to at­tend school, de­spite an on­line prank that claimed the day’s classes were can­celed due to gas leaks.

The story, com­plete with an of­fi­cial look­ing Lib­erty Ranch logo, claim­ing Galt Po­lice were re­spond­ing to gas leaks at the school was re­port­edly shared on so­cial me­dia. The post was made to look like it came from the TV sta­tion KCRA and even di­rected peo­ple to visit a fake web­site for more in­for­ma­tion.

Po­lice, how­ever, posted on its Face­book page early Mon­day it was false. In­stead, they said, the post ap­peared to be a hacker at­tempt­ing to spread false in­for­ma­tion.

Prin­ci­pal Joe Sara­m­ago said of­fi­cials will pur­sue any in­for­ma­tion that may lead to dis­cov­er­ing who the in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­ble for the prank is. Ad­min­is­tra­tors are al­ready work­ing with po­lice.

In the end, Sara­m­ago thinks most par­ents un­der­stand that any of­fi­cial news from the school comes in the form of a phone di­aler or email di­rectly from the school.

Some sent mes­sages Sun­day night to con­firm it was false be­cause the post didn’t look right, they said on Face­book.

It is un­known whether the prank ac­tu­ally af­fected at­ten­dance rates Mon­day.

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