An apparent student prank got a little out of control early Thursday morning on Reed Lane in front of Lafayette High School, authorities said.
Lexington Police Lt. Douglas Pape said officers went to the scene about 2 a.m., after receiving a complaint call about activity in front of the school.
Police arrived to find that signs had been placed in front of the school advertising a "yard sale," and that Reed Lane had been blocked off with traffic cones and road construction signs. Police said furniture, old television sets and other junk items had been placed in front of the school as if a yard sale were taking place.
About 30 students were milling about in front of the school, but most of them ran when officers arrived, police said. Some students had their faces covered with T-shirts, according to police.
Pape said police stopped a truck that was being used as part of the prank, and they issued several traffic-related citations to the driver.
Meanwhile, the students who had fled returned and cleaned up the mess, police said.
No one was arrested.
Lisa Deffendall, a spokeswoman for the Fayette County Public Schools, said Thursday afternoon Lafayette High School officials have begun their own investigation.
"It seems the original idea was that they (students) were going to put up signs that said there was a yard sale in front of the school, and they were going to put things out in front of the school," Deffendall said.
She noted the prank "kind of escalated" and students were wearing black, had pulled up their T-shirts above their faces, and barricaded the street.
Any students who were involved in the prank will be given community service, Deffendall said.
However, she said, there was no plan to ban any of the students from participating in Lafayette's 2010 commencement exercises, which are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Rupp Arena.