Fire Destroys Lockney High School, All Grades Cancelled Today - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/09

Fire Destroys Lockney High School, All Grades Cancelled Today

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"It's unreal. We are in a dream we are in a nightmare. We have a lot of memories in this school and now we won't get to walk the halls of our last year at Lockney anymore," said some Lockney Seniors. 

Just after 11 p.m. Sunday evening, the Lockney community watched their high school go up in flames. "It's possibly arson, but we aren't for sure yet. We are thinking it started on the south side of the building and then went north and then it came back around," said Floyd County Sheriff Paul Raissez. 

"We all just really hope no one would do that to our hometown, to your own kids to your own high school," said Lockney senior Adrian Cortez. 

Students worked to get anything they could out of the junior high, which is connected to the high school.   They were able to save some computers, paperwork, and band instruments.  But the Floyd County Sheriff says the high school is a total loss. Students and faculty say they were in shock when they first heard the news.

"I got the call from one of my friends saying the school was on fire of course I thought they were kidding, I thought it was a prank," said Cortez.

"I got the phone call that we had the fire and my first reaction was are you kidding and they said no. I just live a block away and I could see the smoke from my house and within 10 minutes there were flames coming out of the top of the building," said Lockney Superintendent Phil Cotham.   

The small community is doing everything they can to pull together. "I know this community will rally around this and we'll get our school put back together and we'll have a school in Lockney and everything will be fine. It's only thanks no one was hurt so we're going to be ok here in Lockney," said Cotham. 

Classes are cancelled on Monday. At 8:15 a.m., students are gathering to pray for their school. The faculty is meeting at 10 a.m. to try to find some temporary facilities.

If anyone has any information about this fire you asked to call the Floyd County sheriff. That number is (806) 983-4901.

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