Three students who allegedly incited and escalated an incident Sept. 3 at Logan High School forcing a lock-down have each been suspended for 365 days. The unnamed students were officially suspended at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education.
The event, which would build itself into a confrontation with law enforcement, started when a group of children were listening to music at high volume. When a school resource officer requested the group lower the volume of the music, the children refused and reportedly began chanting, “f… the cops.”
Sergeant David White, with the Logan Police Department, detailed 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.”
Eventually, the students were sequestered in an office where the situation escalated again when one student reportedly attempted to strike a police officer. White confirmed pepper spray had to be used to bring the fracas under control.
In all, the lock-down 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 also been named in juvenile petitions.
The Logan County Board of Education released a statement Sept. 4 saying, “On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Logan High School was put on lock-down 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 lock-down 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]