Owens knew that she had a responsibility to release accurate information on the tragedy, though. “When we alerted parents, we wanted to make sure we had confirmed as many details as we could,” she added. “So when our message went out, we told parents, ‘It appeared a student took his life this morning.’”
That didn’t stop Lake Minneola High from being put on lockdown, however, as it was initially feared that there was an active shooter situation. Other schools in the vicinity quickly followed suit; but, of course, these fears eventually proved to be unfounded.