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Hickman students return to school after gun scare at Homecoming dance


Students at Hickman High School returned to class Monday without new information on what led to the chaos that followed a gun scare at Saturday's Homecoming dance.

The dance ended early when rumors of a gunman led to panic. Parents and students took to social media to share their accounts of running out of the school and jumping over fences to get away from the dance. However, school officials and police say there were no first-hand gun-sighting accounts and therefore the reports are just rumors at this point.

Michelle Baumstark, spokeswoman for the Columbia Public Schools, said the school wants students to report any information they have about the incident but refrain from spreading "rumors that create panic and fear and consume district and community resources."

"It was a lot of 'I heard it from this person, who heard it from this person,'" Baumstark said. "No photos. No video."

ABC 17 asked Baumstark if the incident will have an effect on Rock Bridge's upcoming homecoming dance, and she did not comment on the matter.

Second Ward City Councilwoman Andrea Waner's sister was at the dance. Waner wrote on Twitter that her sister was "terrified and puking," and that the way schools and parents address these fears in students matters.

"As an elected official, situations like this further underscore the need for the City to commit time and resources to implement recommendations set forth in the Mayor's Taskforce on Violence," Waner wrote in a text message to ABC 17 News.

Baumstark said the school's counselors are available to talk with students who may have anxieties to work out over the incident.

"We always have counselors available for students who may need them," Baumstark said. "And, if a student does have a name or actual first-hand information they can share, we encourage them to immediately report it to the school."

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Hannah Falcon

Hannah joined the ABC 17 News Team from Houston, Texas, in June 2021. She graduated from Texas A&M University. She was editor of her school newspaper and interned with KPRC in Houston. Hannah also spent a semester in Washington, D.C., and loves political reporting.



  1. I don’t think CPS or the Police are giving the whole story on this.

    From the Police Scanner:
    At 9:33 pm the threat was reported to police when someone told police that everyone should “get up out of here.”

    At about 9:36 pm, before the students fled in panic, police were discussing a 15-year old black male, who was known to the police for throwing a gun from a car during a previous pursuit, as being involved with this threat at Hickman. They gave this person’s name and DOB over the radio. Obviously a bad dude at the dance.

    An officer said over the radio a student observed someone wearing a ski mask pull a gun inside the school as the students were leaving. Another officer had observed someone wearing a ski mask who met the description.

    Every police officer from the north side of town was dispatched to Hickman, an ambulance was staged, a casualty collection point was identified, and a police lieutenant was at an off site incident command post conveniently located near donuts and coffee.

    Just remember your liberal logic: Matches cause arson, forks cause obesity and guns cause crime.

  2. But wait there’s more. It turns out the CPS administrators at Hickman allowed lots of people to wear ski masks to the dance. It was part of the theme of the dance. I am sure the Columbia police really appreciated that. What better way to let the bad guys cause trouble at the dance than to be in disguise?

    The Board of Education should look into this. Why are we paying these people six figure salaries to let bad guys wear ski masks to school dances?

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