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High school game moved; high absenteeism in Henderson County after shooting

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) - The fatal shooting of a teenager at the gates of the Henderson County Fair has resulted in high absenteeism at a high school and the moving of a football game for safety.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Smith of Darden was killed. Police in Lexington believe the boy was an unintended target. He was a student at Scotts Hill High School.

A shot also wounded 17-year-old Reggie Bomar, who was treated for a minor wound last weekend and released from a Lexington hospital.

Authorities are holding a 17-year-old Chester County High School student on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Rumors spread about possible retribution and Chester County High School has seen high absenteeism this week. It peaked Wednesday when more than 200 of the school's 700 students were checked out.

Lexington Police Captain Leon Johnson says police have found no evidence that any threats have been made or that the shooting was gang-related.

Officials have rescheduled tomorrow night's football game at Chester County against Lexington High School.

It will be played at 10:30 Saturday morning and all fans will pass through one gate and a metal detector.

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