TOWNSEND — Rumors circulating on social media about a student in the North Middlesex Regional School district creating a “hit list” are unfounded, district officials say.

District officials put out a statement Monday saying there is no threat or danger to the district or community following an investigation into a verbal dispute among a group of students, which led to the rumors on social media.

School officials working in partnership with the district’s school resource officer concluded that a verbal dispute between two students escalated when one student allegedly threatened to physically harm the other, according to the statement.

“The situation has been resolved consistent with the district’s code of student conduct,” according to a statement released the North Middlesex Regional School District on Monday.

In a separate situation mentioned by district officials, a home arts and crafts project was mistaken for a suspicious item left by a student in a classroom on Monday, according to the release.

A high school faculty member reported to the school resource officer that a soda can with its lid cut off with a plastic bottle and plaster inside was located under a desk in a classroom. The SRO investigated, while the Townsend Police and Fire departments determined the items was not a threat.

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