Officials look at community around Tates Creek High School for prevention measures

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A day after school and law enforcement officials started looking at the community around Tates Creek High School as a possible reason students were bringing guns to school, folks living there are reacting.

“Every now and then there’s trouble. I guess that’s everywhere,” says William Shank.

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Shank has lived near the school for six years and says for the most part it’s quiet, although he acknowledge the presence of drugs.

During a Monday press conference, Tates Creek’s principal, the school district’s top safety official, and a Lexington officer spoke about the community surrounding the school as the influence for the students’ decisions.

“We need to find out what’s going on, if there’s something in the community going on,” says Lawrence Weathers, director of Fayette Schools Law Enforcement. His comments were joined by those of Tates Creek High School Principal Sam Meaux.



“It’s not just Tate’s Creek, it’s a community issue. We’re just having to deal with our own community,” says Meaux.

The district says there will be a special meeting Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Parents are invited to share their concerns and discuss ways to prevent more students from bringing guns to school.