Students, parents react to investigation at Sherman High School

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Dozens of police cars filled the lot at Sherman High School Friday morning after rumors of a possible fight spread through the halls. Now several parents are asking why they weren't informed.

The rumors didn't take long to spread, starting as soon as the school day began, but administrators say there was nothing to worry about and that everyone stayed safe.

Principal Thomas O'Neal says his school did investigate rumors of a possible large fight among the students and took precautionary measures, keeping students in class but not under lockdown until the issue could be investigated.

"They just came on the announcements and said you have to stay in your first class because there's a situation going on, and then like 45 minutes later he came on and said you can go to your second class, but there's rumors that stuff is going on and we're not going to put up with that," freshman Courtney Nelson says.

But it didn't take long for the rumors to spread like wildfire. Anxious students used cell phones to call their parents. One parent we talked to got the news from a text message.

"She texts me and says there's a situation at the school, the school's on lockdown and that supposedly somebody's going to come and shoot the school," parent Michelle Riojas says.

Sherman school officials assure us that there was absolutely no danger to students.

"We did not go into a formal lockdown situation. Once we knew that this situation was in hand, we dismissed the students to their second period class," O’Neal says.

Parents we talked to were very upset about the situation and say they would rather be notified of a potential threat- even if it is just a rumor by school officials and not by their children.

"They call us when the grades are bad, they call us when they're in trouble, and they call us when they have PTA. They have a computerized system, so why couldn't they call the parents and let us know that there was something going on at the school," Ms. Riojas added.

Parents say administrators should have used the automated system or even e-mail to let them know there was an investigation but that there was nothing to worry about.

Sherman police say they did have extra officers on campus today to investigate but found nothing.

Earlier Friday, dismissal officers were patrolling around the school, but they say it was just a precaution.

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