State Police kept an extra eye on Upper Dauphin High School students on Tuesday.
Officials say a student confronted another student, and threatened he was going to shoot someone. Police say teachers stopped a fight from happening at the high school and some students overhead the other say he was going to 'clap' the other, which is what got some students concerned.
Trooper Robert Hicks says officials do not believe students were in any danger. "Investigators don't believe it was a credible threat. It was blown out of proportion."
Police say it was the confrontation between two high school students in the lunchroom. Teachers stopped the fight from happening on Friday afternoon.
But before teachers stopped the fight, Trooper Robert Hicks says some students heard someone yell a slang term for shooing. "The word 'clap' can be used to mean shoot somebody, so over the weekend students posted stuff on Facebook."
Dennis Klinger is a freshman at the school. He said he heard about it from another student. "My friend was talking to another friend and told me about it and I'm like oh. Wow. But I better tell my dad."
On Tuesday morning, the school district asked State Police to stay on hand, however some students still stayed home.
Ashley Shaffer, a Senior, says she wanted to be safe. "I just didn't feel comfortable going, even if it was just a rumor or not."
State Police say they took the threat seriously, but also say it's the power of social media that caused the rumors to spread. "The role of social media today is two fold, but definitely beneficial to us for solving crimes. It also can be negative thing for us as you can see. The negative for us is something taken out of context and snowballing."
Amy Klinger, a parent, said her concern was how little the school notified her. "We got no contact whatsoever until 6:30 this morning, when they called and told us they'd have State Troopers there. Which is great and I mean I commend them for that and the kid who ever reported that, but why are parents the last ones to know?"
Police say the student who allegedly made the comment about shooting during the fight was bullied. Klinger says it should have stopped there. "I heard it was bullying, it is going on in this school and not a whole lotta people seem to want to get involved or they look the other way."
The student who made the threat has been expelled from school.
CBS 21 did reach out to the school district, but they declined an on-camera interview.