Officials increase security at game

GREENFIELD — New Palestine High School officials issued a notice to parents Thursday after rumors swirled about potential violence at Friday’s football game against Mt. Vernon High School, noting police say they have determined there is no substantial threat.

Police, who will be on hand at the game as a precaution, believe posts on social media urging Americans to vigilant on the anniversary of 9/11 might have prompted student concerns about safety at the game.

“And then someone said something to someone else, and it just got out of hand,” New Palestine Police Chief Bob Ehle said.

Administrators at both schools have decided to move forward with the game, but extra police protection will be available to ease public concerns.

The department investigated the rumor and checked in with officials at the Fortville Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department before determining that there was no credible threat.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or