Fauquier High School Beefs Up Security After Fight Club Rumors

A Northern Virginia principal says he has asked police to step up security at his school Friday, after rumors of a fight club gathered steam over Twitter.

The account @fhsfightclub, which has since been shut down, spurred social media chatter over fights at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Virginia and the possibility of more violence Friday.

Fauquier High School Clarence Burton called the account unfounded, though there have been three fights reported at the school so far this week.

"There's no such thing as Fight Club," Burton said. "[The number of fights] is very unusual. We probably had three or four fights all of last year."

He said he doesn't think the fights are connected to the tweets and insists there's no "club" for students fighting each other on school grounds.

"Everything that we've learned, everything that we've seen, everything we've found out indicates just that -- a rumor," Burton said. "[Someone made the Twitter account] for attention."

Despite there being no evidence of an actual fight club, Burton has asked the sheriff's office for additional deputies at the school Friday.

Authorities are now trying to figure out who made the account. If it was a student, they could face disciplinary action. 

Some parents told News4 they didn't think the school is taking the rumors seriously enough.

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