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Extra police to be at Mountain Ridge High after scare

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

A scare at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale has students and parents very alarmed.

A school district spokesperson confirmed to FOX 10 that a student arrived Tuesday with scratches to his face that made him resemble the Joker character in the Batman movies.

This caused a lot panic at the school. Officials took action and called police, and the student was removed from school.

"He did come onto school campus with his face scratched up like the Joker smile, and so those were actual scratches, and I think that is what obviously caused attention to the student and so from one student to another the rumor people just started talking," said Heidi Vega, Deer Valley spokesperson.

"The police conducted a full investigation that would include interviewing students, looking at Facebook posts, checking cell phones and text messages and the police department did conclude that there was no validation to the actual rumor or threat."

They do not know why the boy had the scratches to resemble the Joker, but after checking it out -- no threat.

Students will be escorted on campus Wednesday and security will be beefed up.

Of course this comes at a time when schools across the country are on edge in light of the Connecticut school shooting where 20 kids were killed.

Phone message left by Principal Debra Poulson Tuesday night

There is information I feel is very important to communicate with you tonight. Due to recent events, I want to personally keep you informed about a situation that was brought to our attention. Today administration received a tip about a student possibly making a threatening statement to our campus.

After a school investigation started, the Glendale Police Department were immediately contacted and arrived shortly to the school campus. Many police officers began their own investigation and helped lead with the school investigation. Thus far the police have found no credible threat.

We have requested additional police to patrol our campus. It's important we keep you updated with the most accurate and correct information and work together to help our students stay focused on learning.

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