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
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.