BRAWLEY – Brawley Police Commander Brett Houser addressed a social media rumor that was posted Thursday involving Brawley Union High School.
In an effort to maintain some clarity, Houser said “Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that a post on facebook said an El Centro group was going to come to BUHS. So, we worked with the El Centro Police Department, which we greatly appreciate their help on this, and the local area school officials. The rumor was a possible threat,but was determined not to be credible.”
Houser was concerned that if people hear of a problem that they turn immediately to social media.
“When responsible adults have information concerning the safety of students, their first contact should be local law enforcement; it shouldn’t be social media,” said Houser. “When people take this information to the social media, it really undermines and cripples any valid efforts we’re trying to make and any planning we’re doing to maintain a safe learning environment for the students. They need to communicate with law enforcement. At the minimum, they need to contact school officials, with whom we work with very closely. Let us determine if a rumor is valid so we may take appropriate action immediately.”