Owens knew she had a responsibility to release accurate information. “When we alerted parents, we wanted to make sure we had confirmed as many details as we could,” she said. “So when our message went out, we told parents, ‘It appeared a student took his life this morning.’”
In today’s climate, with America’s lax gun laws, locals were of course quick to think the worst. Fearing an active shooter situation, Lake Minneola High was put on lockdown. Other schools in the vicinity quickly followed suit. These fears proved to be unfounded but it was better to take all the right precautions.