Douglas Elementary E-Mail a Hoax

A fake e-mail making it's way around the world has a Tyler starting point.

Douglas Elementary Principal Beverly Collins first found out about the e-mail last week from a man in Oklahoma. He told her he had received a message from someone claiming to be a second grader at Douglas Elementary. The e-mail says the student is working on a science project to see how fast and far an e-mail chain letter can travel.

Collins says the school is not doing any science project like the experiment mentioned in the e-mail. "It says we'll hold a science fair on April 16th, and of course that date's already passed. And in fact, we did not hold a science fair on that day."

After discovering the hoax, Channel 7 News found several other nearly identical chain e-mail letters from schools across the country.