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Hundreds of students leave high school following rumor

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin High School has heightened security coming off a rumor that has gone around that someone involved in the Raguet Street shooting Tuesday night will come back for payback, Principal Mark Smith said.

Hundreds of students have left the school, being picked up by parents or siblings.

The school has taken specific steps to heighten their alert and have contacted law enforcement, Smith said. Lufkin police are at the school investigating, Smith said.

"Any hint of something occuring here, we make sure to protect the kids," Smith said. "But it's hard to address this kind of stuff."

Smith said any knowledge they have is only from a rumor. No verbal or written threats have been made to the school office.

"We're letting our staff be aware of the rumors and taking steps to make sure it's a safe place," Smith said. "

Smith said the students are texting back and forth with their parents and some have called the office saying they want to pull their children out of school. Smith said they are allowing parents to pick up their children.

East Texas News' Holley Nees reports seeing a steady stream of parents picking up their children from school.

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