Parents, students and even some teachers at one Middle Tennessee school are paralyzed with fear, all because of a big fistfight at a Veterans Day celebration.
Tensions were still running high enough two days later that half the students at Marshall County High School stayed home from class on Wednesday as their parents worried for their safety.
"I don't know, really, just a bunch of fights and stuff," said senior student Rhye Stephens.
Stephens was among a number of 18-year-old students who approached our news crew near the school Wednesday as, one by one, parents began picking up their children from the school.
The teenagers said they were anxious about a fight involving a group of students, shots fired in a neighborhood off campus and alleged threats to a teacher.
Director of Schools Jackie Abernathy sent out a notice to students and parents Wednesday about the incident and said the students involved had been "dealt with."
However, her correspondence came after two days of rumors and a frenzy of social media speculation that left many parents feeling frustrated and out of the loop.
Lyn and Rebecca Durose have a freshman son at the school. They moved to the area years ago, hoping to escape school violence in Florida.
"We heard something about a shooting as well and a teacher being threatened," Lyn Durose said.
The gunfire happened after the fight. Sources tell Channel 4 News a number of teenagers from the school were shooting at each other in a nearly neighborhood, and no one was hit.
All of this added up to heightened fears from parents and a heightened police presence at the school.
Abernathy was very forthcoming about what happened. She acknowledged that a fight broke out at the school on Veterans Day, but Facebook rumors about a gun being taken from a school resource officer were false.
Abernathy said the incident at school was a fist fight, and no guns were involved.
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:37:11 GMT
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