KYLE, Texas – Emotions are on a hair trigger in schools these days.
So much so, just hearing the word “gum” can cause a school-wide freak-out, as evidenced by an episode Wednesday.
A student at Lehman High School student reportedly asked for some chewing gum, but another student thought the student said “gun,” KCEN reports.
No gun was found and Hays County, Texas school district spokesman Tim Savoy insists the school was never in “lock down,” though school administrators did “hold students in their extended class periods to investigate the concern with little to no disruption to their schedule.”
Principal Michelle Chae sent a letter home to parents after the incident, according to the Hays Free Press, writing:
Dear Lobo Parents,
This morning we received a report from a student that there was allegedly a weapon on campus. After investigating the concern, it was determined that a student thought he heard the word “gun,” but in fact it was another student asking for some “gum.”
The safety of our students is always foremost on our list of priorities, so we take these concerns seriously. We continue to encourage students to report anything they see or hear that causes them concern. Fortunately, in this case, it was a misunderstanding and there was no threat to our school or need to conduct a lockdown.
Because we are conducting the PSAT, we were able to hold students in their extended class periods to investigate the concern with little to no disruption to their schedule.
No gun was ever found. No word on if the student ever got the requested gum.