Google Prank Refers To NCHS As 'Shooting Range' | WGLT

Google Prank Refers To NCHS As 'Shooting Range'

Mar 22, 2018

An online prank that caused the term "shooting range" to pop up when you Googled a local high school has now been removed.

Parents of Normal Community High School students were notified Wednesday about the issue. When you searched for "NCHS" from a mobile device, the phrase "shooting range" appeared as a suggested category in some instances, parents were told.

"After investigating this issue with the help of the (Normal Police), it was determined that there is no credible threat to our building, but rather an online prank," school administrators wrote to parents. "Please know that school safety is our top priority and always will be."

Unit 5 worked with Normal Police to have it removed from Google, said district spokesperson Dayna Brown.

NCHS has its own history with gun violence. In 2012, a teacher saved the day after a student fired a handgun in a classroom. That incident was referenced earlier this month when students organized a walkout to lobby for gun control, one of thousands of similar demonstrations across the country.

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