MONROE, Louisiana (KTVE / KARD) – A homecoming dance for a Louisiana high school ends in chaos after a reported threat of gun violence.
A chaos that could have been avoided during an end-of-year party. The owner of the hub’s music hall said it was part of a big misunderstanding after receiving a phone call regarding a possible gun threat at the hub.
I mean, we immediately felt like we had to do something and my husband was out quicker than hanging up. Says Hub Music Hall owner Amanda Lyons.
“And by the time he got here, it was a huge misunderstanding.” She says.
About three hundred high school students evacuated the music hub after a student approached an officer saying a student had a gun threatening to shoot the place with everyone inside. Lyons says Hub security immediately took action to get the students to safety.
âMy staff were amazing, they immediately cut the music, turned on the lights, evacuated the right side of the room making sure everyone was safe and very well taken care of.â said Lyon.
âWe had almost seventy-two cameras here at this facility, so I immediately took the cameras off and saw it all. I was watching everything and saw the police coming in, and I watched everyone being escorted. She says.
Lyons says it’s unfortunate that such a momentous homecoming event had to be closed this way
“But the fact that this is the day that the kids live, and they automatically assume they turn negative and it’s really sad and it’s really scary that a memory like this must have been ruined because rumors had started. ” said Lyon.
Lyons says she and her staff will remain positive and hopeful despite the incident
The dynamics of the hub are not going to change. I’ve always said since the day we took this over that there is something magical about this place. We want everyone to continue to come here and feel safe. And if anything, we will continue to do security as we do, including high school students.