Alachua County Schools responds to rumors about online postings by GHS student

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- A picture may be worth a thousand words but a former Gainesville High School student's online picture is creating waves of concern.

The picture is posted in an article on Babe.net and is raising eyebrows all across the country.

The article says a former Gainesville High School student (who TV20 is not naming because he is a minor) posted a picture on the social media site Reddit with a caption saying he had reported an undocumented classmate, to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The article says the student who posted the comment was expelled.

We have confirmed with Gainesville High Principal David Shelnutt the student is simply no longer enrolled at the school.

Alachua County Public Schools issued a statement saying no student has been expelled from Gainesville High School in at least five years.

The district says misinformation about the situation has spread online.

Alachua County Public Schools cannot release information about any disciplinary action that may have been taken.

The district also isn't releasing the name of the student involved or information about the situation that took place.

GHS sent out an email to parents letting them know about the situation involving the student posting offensive messages online.

Concerned parents have messaged TV20 saying threats of violence are being made about GHS on the social media site 4chan.

These parents want to stay anonymous because they are worried about their children's safety.

Gainesville Police say they cannot release any information concerning security at the school.

Gainesville High School is asking parents and students to share anything troubling they may find on social media with them.

We did call the family of the student who posted the comments several times and left a message.

We have not heard back from them.

The school’s statement can be read in full as attached to this article, under the tab in the sidebar labeled "Related Documents.”



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