Nichole Hannahs

Incident Locks Down School

by Nichole Hannahs on December 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

A lockdown has been lifted at New Lexington City Schools after an incident in the area earlier Tuesday.

Police said around 9:30a.m., a man filed a report against his grandson for assault and making verbal threats. The incident took place in the 700 block of Center Street in New Lexington.

Police said there were concerns of the suspect having access to firearms. Principal Bobby Dodd said the New Lexington High School, Middle School and Elementary School were placed on lockdown.

"It’s for the safety of our students. We really didn’t know what was going on," said Dodd. "We just had a little information from the police. We always have our students’ safety as our top priority here in the New Lexington City School District, so that’s the decision we went with."

Police said all firearms were secured inside the residence and no one was injured during the incident. Dodd said that classes continued as usual during the lockdown, which was lifted around 1:30p.m. Tuesday.

"It was just a normal day here at school," said Dodd. "We just had to take a couple of precautions to keep our students safe and everyone handled it really well. We had a lot of phone calls, but we explained it to the parents and family members that called in. The students did a great job."

The New Lexington Police Department has a name and description of the suspect. That information has been passed on to other law enforcement agencies. No other details are available at this time.