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Matchbox 20 song scares school

HARRODSBURG — Police will continue to have a presence in Mercer County schools on Thursday, repeating action taken Wednesday after the district's safety director became concerned about a recording left on her voice mail.

Harrodsburg police said no direct threats were made to any students or staff or to any particular school, and no incidents were reported Wednesday.

Betty Sims, district director of pupil personnel, said a recording of the song How Far We've Come by the rock group Matchbox 20 was left on her voice mail around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The song begins "I'm wakin' up at the start of the end of the world/ But it's feeling just like every other morning before/ Now I wonder what my life is gonna mean if it's gone."

The song also contains these lyrics: "I sat down on the street, took a look at myself/ Said, 'Where you going man, you know the world is headed for hell?'/ Say your goodbyes if you got someone you can say goodbye to."

"It was very disturbing," Sims said. "We had to take those lyrics seriously."

Sims said the phone message "was either a recording from a radio station or it was being played live into the phone. The deejay on the radio station named the title of the song before the song started playing."

Sims contacted police, who are investigating to determine who is responsible for the message.

The Mercer district has about 3,300 students in five schools.