Sheriff's office says school shooting rumors unfounded

Sheriff's office says school shooting rumors unfounded

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County Sheriff's Office says it has investigated rumors of an upcoming school shooting paired with a hit list at Standard Middle School in Oildale, and it has determined the fears to be unfounded.

Deputies tracked the rumors to their alleged origin: juveniles.

The rumors spread and grew in "complexity and scope" among those associated with the school via social media websites and text messages, the sheriff's office said.

No criminal charges are pending, and school officials have been made aware of the investigation.