(Orange, Texas)

January 17, 2013

UPDATED: No gun threat at LC-M despite rumors

Staff reports
The Orange Leader

LITTLE CYPRESS — (Updated 05:10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013)

Rumors of students bringing guns to LC-M High School or students from another district coming to LC-M with guns are running rampant Thursday.

Law enforcement officials began investigating the rumors Wednesday night and have concluded there is no truth to it. Officers are still on campus today (Thursday), to assure parents of their students’ safety. They are investigating Instagram and Facebook messages as well as other ways in which the rumor has been spread and who is responsible for instigating the rumor.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been diligently working with the administrators of the Little Cypress- Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District in identifying individuals who may have been responsible for the wide spread rumors that students at LC-M High School, or students from surrounding schools, had or would be bringing guns to the LC-M High School campus.

“The Sheriff’s Office has investigated multiple social networking sites as well as text messages and has determined that these rumors are not true,” said Sgt. Chad Hogan in a statement. “These rumors where spread through social networking sites and through text messages and grew exponentially as they were passed around.

Hogan said it was the belief of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that there was no threat to the safety of any students at the LC-M High School Campus. “As a further precautionary effort, Sheriff (Keith) Merritt had several Deputies at LC-M High School (Thursday) to ensure the safety of the students and to assure parents that such action will be investigated, and that the safety of our children is a priority.”

If any findings to the contrary are discovered on any campus, parents would be notified directly by the LC-M Consolidated Independent School District.

There were also reports of a Life Flight helicopter in the area on Thursday afternoon.

The district informed media on Wednesday morning (Jan. 16) that a Life Flight helicopter would be arriving at the campus Thursday afternoon. The helicopter is scheduled to land in the parking area of Bear Stadium. It will be there for their staff to talk about career choices with the freshmen, not for a pickup.