Hundreds of students leave high school following rumor

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The school said the threat is just a rumor, and the Lufkin Police Department even said it appeared to be nothing more than unsubstantiated rumors, but the police department said they received about a hundred calls from concerned parents.

Dceddrick Boweary was at Lufkin High School picking up his sister-in-law.  He said, "Parents [are] going in circles trying to get their kids out."

A steady stream of cars filed into the parking lot early Friday afternoon to pick up students.

Gizel Hernandez was there to pick up her nephews.  "They said it was just a rumor.  Our nephew was the one that called, I mean I have two nephews here and he just sounded very scared," she said.

So, she waited in the parking lot.

"He told us there was going to be a shooting after school and he was like parents are here we are," Hernandez said, as she joined a long line of worried parents.

One parent said, "I'm kind of concerned about this incident that's going on."

The police said they did increase patrol just to be safe, "But, right now there's nothing to indicate there's any fact behind this and we know some of these rumors have kind of taken on a life of their own, and expanded and added things that we know are not true," assured Lufkin Police Department Lt. David Young.

Regardless, students were not sticking around.

"I'm leaving school and I'm really scared because I don't know what's going on," said sophomore Dazira Murphy.

Some thought there could be other motives involved.

"Pretty much it looks like everybody wants to get out of school, actually," said Boweary.

Some students said the shooting earlier this week had them worried.

"There does appear to be a connection between the rumor and the North Raguet shooting...this may be retaliation for that and some of the kids involved in that shooting on Raguet Street do go to Lufkin High School," Young explained.

Parents said they would rather be safe than sorry.

Nelda Flores was picking up her student because she said, "You can't be too careful because I mean when it happens, it happens and you can't get [any] notice about it."

By the end of the day, parents were breathing a sigh of relief, but many were critical that they did not receive enough communication from school administrators.