'Full Lockdown' At
C-DHS; All Other
County, City Schools
On Modified Status
BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
AND SARAH GREGORY
An anonymous 911 call to the Greene County Sheriff's Department reported that a student intended to bring a weapon to Chuckey-Doak High School today, prompting the school to go on full lockdown, according to Greene County Director of Schools Dr. Vicki Kirk.
In response to the report, all other Greene County and Greeneville schools were placed under modified lockdown as a precautionary measure.
An automated call from the county school system provided the following message shortly before 9:30 a.m.:
"There is an unsubstantiated report that a student has a weapon at Chuckey-Doak High School. Law enforcement is onsite, and the building is in lockdown mode.
"There is no impending threat to any of the students," the automated call stated.
Parents were asked NOT to go to the school site or attempt to pick up their children during the lockdown.
"We have not substantiated the story," Kirk said in an interview this morning. "Up to this point, there has been nothing to it.
"We continue to be in a lockdown situation at Chuckey-Doak High School, but there's no need for alarm."
She noted that the call came in to the Greene County Sheriff's Department this morning.
"It's been handled very professionally, and I appreciate law enforcement's response," the county director stated.
Deputies have located the caller, and the individual did not provide the name of the student allegedly planning to bring the weapon, Kirk said.
"We have gotten their statement and, to this point, there has been nothing to it," she said. "So far the story has not been exactly as it was reported to us."
"We're being as cautious as we feel like we need to be," she stated, noting that students are being held in first-period classes.
"They're here, and they're safe," she added. "We're pursuing a lead until we exhaust all of them."
CITY SCHOOLS PRECAUTIONS
The Greeneville City Schools placed all schools on modified lockdown in response to the report, prompting Greene County Schools to do the same, Kirk said.
Dr. Linda B. Stroud, director of Greeneville City Schools, said there were no threats made to any Greeneville City school or to city school students.
"We take the safety of our children as our first and foremost responsibility and always will," Stroud said.
WHAT IS 'MODIFIED?'
The modified lockdown in all Greeneville schools puts teachers and staff in a heightened state of awareness, but does not affect class schedules, as a full lockdown would.
Dr. Stroud said that she was in constant communication with Chief Terry Cannon of the Greeneville Police Department, and would remain so until a thorough investigation was completed.
Dr. Kirk said that "[The report] didn't affect other schools, but since the city has decided to [put schools into modified lockdown], we went ahead and did a modified lockdown for other schools, just sort of as a drill."