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WORRIED STUDENTS SENT HOME FROM FALLS HIGH

About 200 Niagara Falls High School students were sent home with their parents late Wednesday morning when they became upset over rumors that "something bad was going to happen" in school.

Principal Mark Laurrie said the school staff followed up on "a series of unsubstantiated rumors that came to nothing." But since many students perceived a problem and were overly concerned, the staff called their parents to take them home.

Police Superintendent John R. Chella said police received several calls Tuesday night indicating there was some nonspecific potential for violence at the school and informed school Superintendent Carmen A. Granto and Laurrie about it.

Chella said he sent two police cars to the school to make sure traffic was not interrupted and had his two school resource officers who work in the building assist the staff on handling matters inside. Nothing happened.

Laurrie said he believed some students feared retaliation for the death of a student who police say was shot while trying to rob a pizza deliveryman last week.