No threats reported at LHS on Friday

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By Jesef Williams

Contrary to rumors, school officials said there were no fights, discovery of weapons or anything else at Lancaster High School on Friday that would have prompted a lockdown.

Lancaster High Principal Dr. Joe Keenan said extra police officers were called in Friday morning merely for precaution.

He said a rumor was spread Thursday at school that a fight was going to take place on Friday. However, there were no discipline issues the entire day. Also, officials didn’t find anything at the school that would raise concern Friday.

“We didn’t have any problems,” Keenan said. “It’s just rumors. It took on a life of its own.”

Nearly 300 students signed out early on Friday, and school personnel fielded about 140 calls about the rumor, Keenan said.

Lancaster County School District spokesman David Knight said Lancaster High and other district officials had received calls from people believing the school had been on lockdown.

The Lancaster News also received calls that a shooting had taken place at the school, but that information was false, Knight said.

“There was no lockdown,” Keenan said. “We didn’t have anything to base anything on. There was no threat.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or 283-1152