Hoax Caused Panic at Lafayette High School

A rumor about an impending shooting spread quickly through the school on Lexington's south side.

There was to be a school assembly Friday with the message of don 't drink and drive, prom is next Saturday night.

But that was quickly canceled when the rumor of potential violence at the rally surfaced.

Some students contacted their parents through cell phones and text messaging. Many of those parents quickly took their kids out of school early.

Yet officials say the school was never put in a lock-down situation.

A spokesperson for Fayette schools says incidents like this one has increased, especially since the slaughter at Virginia Tech.

The school system issued a statement late Friday afternoon saying the unfounded rumor caused unnecessary panic at the school.

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  • by student Location: lee on Jun 9, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    my cousin was on that hitlist made in owsley county by 2 students
  • by sally Location: ohio on Jun 9, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    I was reading that rumor about to students making a hitlist well I have a friends girl that goe's to that school in owsley county and for 1 my friends girl knows theses girls and she was on the hitlist and well lets just say if that one comes back to owsley county high school she want have know friends becasue theses girls done sometings that was so wrong and they will never be liked in owsley county again I don't care who it was but they better learn something never come around this unknown girl in owsley county......
  • by Shaun Location: lexington on May 17, 2007 at 02:54 PM
    I go to lafayette and i think that Mr. Mickenzie is a (edited) for not letting us go into lockdown. What if the rumor was true....
  • by lafayette student Location: lexington on May 7, 2007 at 11:04 AM
    MR. MCKENZIE should have put us in lock down!!! all shootings start as just talk or a rumor!! we should have gone into lock down as soon as they heard the rumor! i was freaked out when i left class and had people coming up tellin me, kids on cell phone all teary eye'd, and a line of about 100 people checkin out to leave!!!
  • by MiCHELLE Location: LEXTOWN on May 7, 2007 at 10:01 AM
  • by English Teach Location: Lexington on May 7, 2007 at 05:37 AM
    Jesse needs to attend school again whether or not there is a threat of violence. What the heck is "appresheat?"
  • by Jesse Location: lexington on May 6, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    I Would appresheat that my life not be so easily gambled with thank you mr. mackenzie
  • by student Location: lexington on May 6, 2007 at 08:21 AM
    i am a student at lafayette and the rumor started by a girl saying he pointed the gun at her and ran. she was then running around the school yelling hes going to get me. this made it sound more real i guess. but i dont think the school should have gone into a full lockdown becasue they didnt know who had the gun so he could have been in the classroom or something. thats what i think. i left school as soon as i heard. and there are so many different stories i dont know who to believe.
  • by Concerned Owsley Citzen Location: Owsley County on May 5, 2007 at 10:08 PM
    I was reading the comments and read the one mentioning Owsley County Students about the incident that happen last week and from what I am hearing they were 4 more involved and nothing is being done to the others and I think everyone deserves equal punishment even though one of the students has a parent employed at the Owsley County Elementary School.
  • by Andy Location: Richmond on May 5, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    The rumor was "a call came into the school office saying that someone is going to shoot up the assembly today." If a call had came into the school office I think the school would have known about it. They did the right thing. There was no threat. If they had put the school in a lock-down situation students wouldn't have been going home with their parents. Students spread rumors like this in hopes of getting out of class and it's sad that they missed the assembly because some idiot wanted to spread a rumor and impose fear among the students.
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