Logan High School was locked down for a short period of time Thursday Sept. 3 after a group of four students chanting lyrics from a profanity-laced song reportedly refused to quieten themselves.
The scene which would build itself into a confrontation with law enforcement started when a group of students were listening to music at high volume. When a school official requested the group lower the volume of the music, the students refused and reportedly began singing along with the lyrics, “f… the cops.”
Sergeant David White, with the Logan Police Department explained the event saying, “We had four individuals who were involved in a disagreement with one of the staff at Logan High. The resource officer was summoned, and, after he arrived, the argument continued. The resource officer called for assistance because it involved multiple parties.”
When the four boys in the group were taken to an administrative office to be questioned about the event, the situation escalated again when at least a part of the group became combative. One student allegedly attempted to strike a police officer and pepper spray had to be used to bring the situation under control. The glasses of one police officer were reportedly busted in the scuffle.
In all, the lockdown persisted for around 40 minutes before pupils at Logan High School were allowed to return to classes and try to salvage some learning from the remaining school day.
Three members of the group have been named in juvenile petitions.
“The reason for the school being in lockdown was for everyone’s safety. The school automatically followed their protocol and put everyone in rooms and locked the school down. It was not because of major threats for violence. The lockdown was a precautionary measure,” added White.
The Logan County Board of Education released a statement Sept. 4 saying, “On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Logan High School was put on lockdown for a brief period of time after an incident occurred during the lunch hour. At Logan County Schools, student safety is our primary concern, so the lockdown was for precautionary measures and classes continued as normal. We will be fully cooperating with law enforcement throughout the investigation of the incident.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]