Natchez High scare just a rumor, officials say

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

NATCHEZ &8212; Despite rumors, nothing bad happened at Natchez High School Friday morning.

That&8217;s an all-capital nothing, too, Principal James Loftin spelled.

Rumors that started within the school walls escaped via students&8217; cell phones to parents, and many feared some type of school shooting.

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Loftin said administrators knew from the beginning the scare was merely a rumor. The building was never evacuated, and no one went into emergency mode.

&8220;We never stopped class,&8221; Loftin said. &8220;I held one period, third period, but we got back on regular schedule for fourth.&8221;

Outside the school, things weren&8217;t quite as organized. Many parents did rush to the school, and some followed through with plans to check their children out of class.

Loftin said school personnel explained the situation and told parents there was no reason to worry, yet some students still left for the day.

Police Chief Mike Mullins said his office was also aware of the rumor before parents started arriving and had already begun the search for its origin.

Local radio stations were contacted in an attempt to dispel the rumor, and Mullins went on air saying there was no problem.

&8220;Absolutely nothing happened,&8221; he said Friday afternoon. &8220;It was a normal school day.&8221;

Police do not know how the rumor started, he said.