Just a day after the tragic events at a Florida high school, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bomb threat made at a local high school.
Twyla Oakes, assistant superintendent for the Lawrence County Schools, has confirmed that Lawrence County High School was placed on lockdown earlier today. The lockdown began shortly after lunch when school officials received a call threatening that someone was going to bring a bomb to the school.
As a precautionary measure, other area schools were also placed on lockdown. After it was determined that it was safe, students from the high school were taken to the other schools on buses before being released for pick up. Oakes says that the faculty and staff followed the procedures spelled out in the school’s “occupational and crisis response plan” and notified law enforcement.
Students have since been released and are off the campuses while law enforcement continues their investigation.
In the wake of yesterday’s events in Florida, Oakes says that the safety of those inside the school is always their main priority.
“I can’t speak in regards to what happened in Florida, but personally my heart goes out to those families, and we definitely did not want to see anything like that happen to our students. So, the safety of our students, faculty and staff was our first concern, and that’s why we followed our procedures and called law enforcement, Oakes said.
As of now, no credible threat has been found inside of the school and this story will be updated as we receive new information.