Volunteer Excessive College in Hawkins County, Tennessee has gone into lockdown on college students’ first day again at courses after stories of an energetic shooter on campus. Native media say first responders are evacuating the constructing.
Officers are on the scene and the investigation is ongoing, in response to the native sheriff’s workplace, which added that a number of companies have been aiding. Footage from native TV channels reveals a large police presence on the college.
Chris Vaughn, a consultant of the Tennessee Emergency Administration Company, confirmed that two folks had been taken to the hospital however their accidents weren’t associated to any stories of an energetic shooter.
The varsity went into lockdown at round 8am native time. Hawkins County College District posted a message on Fb alerting dad and mom to the state of affairs and advising them that the scholars can be evacuated to the close by Mount Carmel Nationwide Guard Armory.
“We’re presently underneath lockdown at Volunteer Excessive College. The parameter is safe. Please don’t try to return to the college,” the message learn.
In a later replace, college district officers mentioned that the evacuated kids have been being transported by bus, together with a police escort, to the armory. Dad and mom have been advised to gather their kids from there, however to stay of their automobiles upon arriving on the facility and await additional info.
HAPPENING NOW: College buses full of college students escorted by regulation enforcement companies are leaving Volunteer Excessive College.
Armed regulation enforcement personnel are on the buses with college students. pic.twitter.com/zDfNBloNuu
— Olivia Bailey (@OliviaBaileyTV) August 10, 2021
The district physique mentioned that each one colleges “from Surgoinsville to East Hawkins County” had been positioned on lockdown over the alert. At round 9:30am native time, it was reported that the lockdown had been lifted in any respect colleges other than Volunteer Excessive College.
Numerous native reporters and media, citing officers within the Hawkins County EMS Ambulance Service, mentioned that a number of sufferers had been transferred from the college to hospital, though no additional info was given.
The director of faculties for Hawkins County, Matt Hixson, mentioned that regulation enforcement have been nonetheless doing a sweep of the premises however reiterated that there had been no accidents. He added that the plan is to get youngsters again to highschool on Wednesday.
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