Updated: January 18, 2013 6:17AM
Barrington High School canceled a dance scheduled for last Saturday night after rumors circulated that someone was planning to bring a gun to it.
Barrington 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard said that conversations among students resulted in the decision to cancel the dance. School officials learned of the rumor that someone would bring a gun to the dance through parents and students Saturday morning.
“Some will say we are overreacting, but we have no reservations about being exceedingly cautious given the current atmosphere and our ongoing focus on protecting students,” Leonard said.
Friday’s events in Newtown, Conn., were a contributing factor, officials said.
“We won’t risk student safety or the possibility a copycat assailant could try to inflict violence at one of our own schools,” Leonard said.
The dance’s theme was the Mayan calendar end-of-the-world legend.
Barrington police and school officials are investigating.