Campbell County school officials proved that advanced planning can ease potentially dangerous situations.
On Wednesday morning Dr. Michael Martin implemented the system’s emergency plan at Campbell County High School.
According to Martin, a female student had allegedly made threats to fellow students via text messaging the night before. She texted that she planned to bring a gun to school, he said.
Based on this information Martin started the ball rolling by placing the school in lock down mode.
Members of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Tennessee Highway Patrol were called to the scene to investigate the threats, he said.
A search of the students in question revealed no weapons. The school was able to return to normal status in approximately 45 minutes. Martin said.
No one was injured during the incident.
“I was really pleased with the response we received from law enforcement during this situation,” Martin said.
The director also commended the careful planning of central office staff in creating an effective emergency protocol.
“We followed it (the emergency plan) to the letter and it did exactly what it was supposed to do,” the director said.
The fate of those involved in the alleged threats was still in question in the minutes following the incident.
“Those who made the threats will probably be charged, but it is my understanding that this is the sheriff’s department’s jurisdiction,” Martin explained.
The LPD referred media questions to Sheriff Gary Perkins.
Perkins did not return calls for comment on the incident by time.