- Posted April 14, 2012 by
Lamar High School Tries to Cover-up "Riot"
On April 5, 2012 a situation of mass hysteria and violence erupted at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. The administration has reacted by trying to cover up the situation punishing the students that have come out to the press. A series of fights broke out at the school on April 5, 2012, and in the resulting chaos many students were scared for their safety . One student was punched in the eye and another apparently trampled by fellow classmates. Soon after the event began, the school went into lockdown. Many of the articles published about the incident have varying responses from HISD and Lamar administration concerning the nature of the situation. The inconsistency suggests that the school might be making up excuses as they go along. Evident from videos surfacing from the incident, it was not simply a "paper ball fight" or a "Senior Prank Gone Wrong" described by officials. During the incident Twitter was inundated with tweets from Lamar students describing the uncontrolled violence as a "riot". In the days following the "riot", students were charged with slander and libel against the school for their tweets. Other students have been suspended and the school is trying to pursue legal action against them. The school has gone has far as labeling some kids has committing terrorist related activities for "inciting" new riots for considering to print t-shirts commemorating the event. While the administration is selecting the "parents contacted" option on students' disciplinary referrals, some parents say that they have never been contacted by Lamar with regards to their child's behavior. Students called into the office concerning the fallout from the "riot" have surprising stories to tell their classmates. One girl came back from a such office visit shaking and crying. She spoke about the office officials trying to force a statement out of her condemning classmates to further disciplinary action. She was told repeatedly by administrators that the information she was providing to them was "not true", and then coerced her into making a written statement. Other children equated her ordeal to interrogation and related the recent meetings at Lamar to "Guantanamo Bay".