XXXX XXXX took the above photo and writes: This is during third period. When I was looking out the window at all the commotion. This is when the administrators were trying to take control of the situation and all the students began to run and scream in a large group while some ran in terror.


From Insite reader: This is such a lie. I was there. Mcswain lied to Hisd who then turned around and lied to you. This “cover up” will be unsuccessful and the truth will come out. The riot was real. It was NOT a senior prank and further more, there were many acts of violence today. This entire story is one big fabricated lie.


Comment #2: The riots at Lamar were most definitely not a “senior prank”. A series of fights occurred and large groups of people sprinting around the campus ensued. Several assistant principals were hit with fists or fruit when they tried to stop the large group of people (well over 1,000 kids).



  1. Anonymous April 5, 2012 5:59 pm 

    This is what Lamar gets for carrying more about dress code and enforcing the dress code rule on us by suspending us if we don’t follow it. Its about time we fought for what we wanted and didn’t follow the rules. Mcswain is a JOKE of a PRINCIPAL and he should be FIRED. WE will become worse if they keep enforcing us without letting us have freedom. ITS THAT SIMPLE. LEARN TO RUN A SCHOOL. INSTEAD of CARRYING about dress code, why not care about our education and let dress code slide! GROW UP, Ya’ll are adults and still so childish! WOW

    Currently a student at Lamar.

    P.s. There was 10 fights, paper balls fights AND MOST DEFIANTLY A RIOT. THAT SIMPLE! SOOO HISD AND LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL ARE LYING TO KEEP THEIR REPUTATION INTACT. Stupid if I may give my opinion.

    Piece OUT!

    • Sarah April 5, 2012 8:59 pm 

      With that kind of attitude, you need to get use to wearing a uniform now because you will probably be wearing some form of uniform the rest of your life. You seriously believe that rioting is justified because you are forced to do something you don’t like? Boo hoo. I doubt that you are an “A” student who will be become a doctor, lawyer, accountant, engineer, ect.. So get use to that uniform.

      • Bre April 7, 2012 10:04 am 

        That was very mean, you should be ashamed of yourself!

    • Anonymous April 6, 2012 12:34 am 

      I’m in high school and even I think this is ridiculous. You need to stop being so immature and just follow the rules. They’re there for a reason. You do realize that you’re going to have to wear a uniform for most jobs, right? Enjoy getting fired because you refused to follow the dress code.

  2. Anonymous April 5, 2012 6:06 pm 

    Dr. McSwain should definitely get fired. Lamar High School has become a joke because he simply does not care about our education nor our well-being. I am a very concerned student and I know we all deserve a better education. If there was a riot, it is because we are tired. I think it is extremely pathetic how Dr. McSwain was trying to cover up the riot by saying it was a senior prank. It clearly was not. There were more than 10 fights all day long, and even St. John’s was on a lock down. PLEASE BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON. Dr. McSwain needs to be replaced with a person capable of handling a school instead of caring for stuff that does not matter.

  3. Anonymous April 5, 2012 6:30 pm 

    Whoever put this is very disrespectful. You are a student. You do not insult the principle. It is unjust and barbaric. Obviously, many of these Lamar students need to be educated. What a shame. Also, Lamar needs a dress code because without the dress code, the Lamar students would be wearing sh*t.

    • annon April 15, 2012 11:15 pm 

      You need to spell things correctly before you call students barbaric. I agree with you, Principals******* are there to be respected, but as someone who attends Lamar High School James McSwain hardly qualifies as any sort of positive figure. Lamar is run in a horrible state, most of these comments are founded on actual issues, not disrespect. I am going to an Ivy League school next year, I was an “A” student, IB Diploma, the best of Lamar you could say, and I agree with everything these kids are saying. McSwain needs to give us back our education, and start addressing and diffusing situations rather than cover them up.

    • Someone August 6, 2012 8:56 pm 

      shutup…u dont go to lamar im guessing so u dont understand what we go through at the school..he is not a good principle at all, ive been at the school 3 years and honestly i have only see him 5 times and it was his back

  4. some "student" April 5, 2012 6:36 pm 

    This is all too true. I attend this so called school, but it’s just the laughing stock of HISD. I’m tired of going to class knowing we aren’t going to learn shit, but spend half of the class writing kids up for “minor offenses” (DRESS CODE, LATE WORK) on the school’s image. My teachers all hate the way the school is run because they are forced to inforce these ridiculous rules that interrupt our learning. It’s a shame, we could all be really smart here and our teachers really want to teach us. I wish they’d run our school than the entire crummy administration.

    But really, I could go on and on about the CORRUPTION IN THIS SO CALLED IB WORLD SCHOOL CIRCUS. The school will probably blame its “ghetto kids” for it’s troubles, which would be sooooooo stupid cuz everyone does their part.

    I’m glad this riot happened and I pray to God no one was severely harmed. But please see what goes down at our wonderful learning environment 🙂

  5. Anonymous April 5, 2012 6:48 pm 

    I’m a freshman at Lamar. There was most definitely a riot at the school today. It’s wasn’t a senior prank. The students are tired of the lack of educational quality. We’re typically not taught how to do our work before made to do it. Lamar spends so much money on their custom uniforms, police golf carts, and the flat screens in the hallways that we have horrible education. I have had over four teacher changes this year alone, one being fired for not showing up everyday. I also know for a fact that there are at least 3 classes in which the teachers simply let the students run wild and do not teach.

    Not only the educational problems, but racial profiling and hate is a strong issue at Lamar. Just look at the cliques and their grades, and it’s not hard to see.

    We’re tired of it, and that’s what started the riots today.

  6. Lamar 08 April 5, 2012 7:02 pm 

    I graduated from Lamar in 2008, went there for 4 years.

    I saw McSwain probably 3 or 4 times. Not sure if he is being an effective administrator behind closed doors, but his outward actions did not make it seem like he was.

    It’s sad that when the education budget gets cut, it’s teachers and materials that pay the price. There is so much expensive and pointless bureaucracy in HISD.. There were so many stupid assistant principles at that school, as well as most other schools in the district. If there was a way to cut these people out of the system, it would make the public school system run more cost effectively.

    Instead, you get too many administrators who all look to their colleagues to do the work, and nothing gets done.. and fights and stuff like this break out.

  7. Anonymous Student April 5, 2012 7:47 pm 

    No wonder Houston has a terrible education system. Wear the god dang uniform correctly, stop showing up late to class, and turn in homework on time. Follow the rules, that is why there in place. If you cant follow easy uniform dress codes and be responsible, how do you expect to make it in the real world.

  8. Anonymous April 5, 2012 8:42 pm 

    I want to go to the Lamar that cared about education. Not the one that spent thousands of dollars on some flat screen TV’s noone even looks at!

  9. Molly Hohnson April 5, 2012 8:50 pm 

    I’m am a senior at Lamar high school and I have NEVER seen nor meet our principal(Dr. McSwain) in my four years as a student. Now that tells you how commited he is to our student body and how much he truly knows us.

  10. Expectator April 5, 2012 9:01 pm 

    I don’t care if the school was wrong or dr.Mcswain needs to get fired. If y’all want something to change, get collaborate and make up a fucking plan to protest, in another word, be more mature. I’m a student too and I think a Riot to against the school laws is childish. This was more likely a kid’s playground where all the kids got crazy and hyper, than a mature meeting to the school officials to talk about what YOU want. I mean come on, even that they got the whole bunch of bullshitters there, but they are ruling OUR school. Do you really think they gonna give up on the requirements y’all need just because they are afraid of you going to do another riot? They won’t give a fuck, they probably will send the polices there and throw some of the ass holes to jail for “education disrupting”. I don’t like it when Dr. Mcswain lied to cover up the news title with the “senior’s prank” shit, but to be honest, we fucked up too. Not entirely HIS fault. Grow up people!! Show some maturity.

  11. Anonymous2011 April 5, 2012 9:12 pm 

    I graduated from this school in 2011. Went there for 4years.

    High school kids these days are so childish. You know well enough these kids did not do it for there education. Fights would always break off for no reason just like any other school, this just happened to blow up on twitter. But yes, it’s true. LAMAR IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF HISD!! I was a so called “IB” student which was not even worth it. I hate how all my favorite and good teachers that actually cared to teach are leaving due to the wack a** administrations and principal. they care more about the money, (spent on our “renovation”) than our learning. We threw away all our books in the library for laptops. Seriously, most of the money went on unnecessary things such as televisions posted all over the schools, a coffee shop in the library, and a bank. What kind of PUBLIC high school needs that?

    I dislike how fake the teachers have to act due to the fact that administrators force them to look good for tours that come visit. You know from today, Lamar lost future students.

    Its not disrespectful how us students and alumni are speaking the truth now about the administration and “principal” Mcswain. Stop covering up the real truth of the school and it’s “IB WORLD” reputation They knew something like this was soon to come.

    • Anonymous2011 April 5, 2012 9:17 pm 

      Ps. I felt terrible shaking Dr. mcswain’s hand at my graduation. Reason for it was because that was like the FIRST and LAST time I ever saw him. At school he stayed in his office. Why should I had shook his hand if he was never part of my class’ student body.

  12. Anonymous Student April 5, 2012 9:13 pm 

    its called damage control. why would you want your school to be all on the news. your principal is actually doing whats best for your school at the moment. Riot or Prank, it doesn’t even matter. the seniors and juniors in that school need to set the example. Stop worrying about the principal and worry about yourself. You are only hurting yourself and your school’s reputation in the end. Show some school pride and lead by example.

    • Anonymous2011 April 5, 2012 10:51 pm 

      How can you have pride at a school that doesn’t even give you freedom. Meaning, they treated us as if we were criminals everyday due to dress code.

  13. Student April 5, 2012 9:26 pm 

    THIS WAS A RIOT. The school is lying there was a lot of fights and many of us were scared, we did not know what was going on and I was so glad my teacher locked the door. Several people wanted to go out to join then RIOT but I was glad we were locked in side I was SCARED.

  14. myname April 5, 2012 9:58 pm 

    I only read the first comment, the one where the kid says they need to stop “CARRYING” so much on dress code and start focusing more on education.. well.. all due respect, you can’t even properly spell. So maybe you’re right in this case.. o.O

    Dress code is very important. I do believe it can be a bit overboard. In my opinion, uniforms should be worn.

  15. Alumni03 April 5, 2012 11:30 pm 

    Wow.. completely speechless… I went to lamar from 01-03.. back then there was no dress code, only thing was girls couldn’t wear spaghetti strap shirts n guys couldn’t wear blue jean shorts, other than that it didn’t matter… U would hardly get punished for “dress code”, they cared more about kids passing than something like that… And trust me when I say that we did work!! I’m talking about loads of work.. that’s what they cared about back then, u passing and actually learning… I can’t believe they took out all the books from the library?!?! Might as well call it a computer lab instead, smh… Ever since that new principal started, a few years after I left, when my SIS started going, things have completely changed and not in a good way…

  16. Lol April 6, 2012 12:00 am 


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  18. Unknown April 6, 2012 12:17 am 

    I guess students went crazy like these because just beacause of how much work we have to do in that dam school.Yes we do have to do it but its just so frustrating that you have like 5 projects to do -_- SMH we need time to do it.Teaches expect us to have it the next day and thats not cool.As we turn it late we just get punished -___-.We should have a chill kind of education wich us can learn not forget. Not all of us student have the same kind of intelligence as others.

  19. Samantha Smith April 6, 2012 12:54 am 

    I graduated from Lamar and the IB program in 2010 and do not believe people appreciate Lamar enough. Yes there are still issues, yes there is so much more room for improvement, but we do attend one of the best schools in HISD. The allocation of funds for things such as the flatscreen tvs are not due to poor decisions, but because we received a GRANT for technology. Grants are given for certain purposes, and cannot be spent otherwise.

    Obviously no system is perfect, but the simple mandate of an uniform is nothing to complain about. It definitely simplifies things when deciding what to wear in the morning, and it makes us all equal – since there are students from River Oaks and students that are homeless. These decisions are good ones.

    Yes, maybe you should see Dr. McSwain more…I saw him at least once I week, because I made an effort to go and speak with him to improve the school. He does a whole lot more than people give him credit for. Not only is he a reputable principal, but he has taken in many foster kids and truly has a passion for helping others.

    I do not know the reason for the “riot” on campus today, but I will tell you – you could be at a far worse place than Lamar High School. Do not take it for granted.

  20. Alumni03 April 6, 2012 1:14 am 

    Yes u wear a dress code for jobs but this is HIGH SCHOOL u r all still kids… Ur not adults.. u have to enjoy ur teenage years before u become an adult because u will never get those years back.. and don’t give me that, oh high school prepares u for the real world, no that’s what college is for.. high school prepares u for college which is why u do all ur work so u can get into a good school… College prepares u for jobs.. and even in college, people act worse than when they were in high school because they don’t live w mommy and daddy and can do what they want..

  21. Current Student in HISD April 6, 2012 7:30 am 

    LAMAR is the laughing stock of HISD. The students cant even follow a dress code. Every other school in HISD is laughing at them.

  22. Random student April 6, 2012 1:10 pm 

    You all are so ignorant. What is the huge problem with dress code? If you think the teachers have to care about you making good grades that’s BS. YOU should care about making good grades. Quit being so damn childish and do what YOU need to do. The riots were kids taking advantage of the commotion, not fighting for their rights. What would rioting even accomplish? Stricter rules. Dr. Mcswain is a great guy who helps people who want help. He isn’t going to come find you, if you want to see the principle so bad go to his office.

  23. 03 Representative April 6, 2012 7:48 pm 

    I graduated in 2003 & attended LHS with school spirit running through my veins the entire time. I was very active in school politics through Student Council and various organizations. I attended several school events where Dr. McSwain was present and actually sat at my table where I learned about his educational background. I did not think he was a person until that day sophomore year.

    Did I mention I was written up for dress code at least 3x a week?! And we didn’t even have uniforms. As a teacher I understand why rules in a school are important even if the students do not agree. However, as an alumni of a school where hard work was enforced I am mortified at the thought that students aren’t learning. Maybe if you cared more about your education you would demand to learn in your classrooms by respecting the rules. Nothin like this ever occurred during my time at Lamar and I HATED the fact that I was in Sat school nearly every weekend.

    I think that when a problem is seen someone should take the initiative to find a solution. The current students should research movements which students have succeeded at this and do their part. Do not be a group of complainers with no action. A riot only increases rules which you are do unhappy with. How often do you get off of punishment for being bad?

  24. Ree April 7, 2012 10:28 am 

    I’m taken back by some of you insulting these students who are speaking up. The uniform issue should be balanced, not spending an ungodly amount of time focused on the issue.
    As far as the principal is concerned, I wonder why it is these students rarely to never see their principal. And we all know how HISD covers up.
    I’d ask for an investigation but we know those results would be muffled.

    Hang in there kids!! Life is still down the road.

    • Anonymous2011 April 7, 2012 1:18 pm 

      Thank you! The alumni that graduated before 2010 have no idea how much it changed. My junior was when the school began getting worse. We would get detention or either suspension for wearing a sweater that did not have the “Lamar” logo on it. I understand our polos and khaki shorts being uniform, but they would seriously hold whoever wasnt in the right uniform in the cafeteria in a line as if we were criminals during the winter for wearing huge jackets to cover us from the cold (Lamar sweaters did not keep us warm!!!!) worst part is that administrators would walk in during our classes and interrupt us for at least 15 minutes picking up students who weren’t in dress code to take them to detention. That is not the way I started freshman year at Lamar (back when it was good), but it was the way I ended up graduating there. People insulting have no idea what has changed.

  25. Justin April 9, 2012 9:00 am 


    It started with one fight. That fight turned into a prank among a group of African-American boys (most likely friends with one of those in the fight.) They thew paper balls around the school and the students were stuck in the hallways wondering what was going on. The administrators came to move the students along and they all ran (for fun or fear of being caught…stupid.) Other students seen them running and jumped in.

    It was not a riot. It was not planned because of the “poor education quality” at the school. Most of the kids at that school (I attend there currently and I’m typing this on a school computer my first period class) don’t wanna learn. Given any principle they would claim they still wouldn’t want to learn or try to get a better education. Follow the rules and study, its that easy. All of this happened because kids seen other kids running and wanted to run too…What is that? Peer pressure. Not some violent act protesting against the school. The school is a fine school. The students’ only goal is to take advantage of the events that took place and apply them to what they don’t like about the school: saying it’s a riot. If anything it was a lower class men prank.

  26. Sad and Disappointed April 11, 2012 3:49 pm 

    Wow, pretty pathetic. Lemme teach you a little something, since you all seem to be “fighting for your education.”

    1. Unless you are 18, you have no rights. You leave school, you can get a ticket for daytime truancy. As long as you are on HISD property, you gotta follow their rules. Too fucking bad they’re making you dress like a respectable human being. If you don’t like it, drop out.

    2. Get over it. When you grow up (because you are oh so far from being grown ups), you will learn that there are certain things that are expected of you. You will have a dress code for work. You will have to conduct yourself in a certain way in certain places. That’s the way the world works, and high school is designed to teach you that.

    3. Another thing you REALLY need to learn is that problems are not solved by swinging fists and throwing fruit at people. Violence solves nothing, and using “fighting for my education” as an excuse is bullshit.

    Look, grow the fuck up, learn what’s important, and stop making excuses for pointless shit.

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