Enunciation saves lives. Ok, maybe not. But it probably prevents needless miscommunications like this one in Kyle, Texas.

According to KVUE:

When a Lehman High School student asked for some chewing gum, another person misheard and thought the student said the word “gun,” causing a scare on campus.

School officials investigated the concern while students were held in their extended class periods. Later, Hays County CISD sent a letter out to parents stating:

“The safety of our students is always foremost on our list of priorities, so we take these concerns seriously,” the letter read in part. “We continue to encourage students to report anything they see or hear that causes them concern. Fortunately, in this case, it was a misunderstanding and there was no threat to our school or need to conduct a lock down.”

The investigation had little to no disruption to students’ schedules, officials said.

Lehman HS was not on lockdown, but students were held in their classes while the matter was investigated.

Hays Free Press posted the letter from the Lehman HS principle to parents of student. He wrote:

Dear Lobo Parents,

This morning we received a report from a student that there was allegedly a weapon on campus. After investigating the concern, it was determined that a student thought he heard the word “gun,” but in fact it was another student asking for some “gum.”

The safety of our students is always foremost on our list of priorities, so we take these concerns seriously. We continue to encourage students to report anything they see or hear that causes them concern. Fortunately, in this case, it was a misunderstanding and there was no threat to our school or need to conduct a lockdown.

Because we are conducting the PSAT, we were able to hold students in their extended class periods to investigate the concern with little to no disruption to their schedule.

Sincerely,

Michelle Chae

Principal, LHS

All because of gum.

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