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Principal: "We have to protect every student in our county."

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FORT OGLETHORPE, WALKER COUNTY (WRCB)-- A Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School student is causing a stir over a Facebook post.

A handful of students gathered to protest in support of senior Jordan Rouse.

School officials say he made a rap video, alluding to having a gun, in response to two other videos made from other students at Ringgold and Heritage.

Officials told him to take it down and banned him from the Ringgold-Heritage basketball game.

He didn't take the video down and then showed up at the game, leaving officials with no choice but to take action.

"I think he made a horrific mistake and I hope that everyone will realize that consequences have to follow horrific mistakes," Principal Terry Vandiver says. "We have to protect every student in our county."

Rouse says it's a misunderstanding.

"We was just poking fun at each other," he says. "It's not like we was really gonna go there and shoot them."

The senior chose to bypass a disciplinary hearing and attend Gateway, an alternative school.

Officials say he'll be monitored for the next nine weeks and will have the opportunity to return to LFO.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates as they become available.

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