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Three county schools placed under brief lockdown

From Staff Reports

Unicoi County High School, Unicoi County Middle School and Love Chapel Elementary School were placed on a brief, preventive lockdown this morning (Thursday, Nov. 11) at about 7:45 a.m.

In a press statement released by Unicoi County Director of Schools John English, the lockdown was implemented due to an unspecified threat. In his statement, English noted that school officials and local law enforcement thoroughly  investigated the alleged threat, which  was determined not to be credible.

English stated that no further action  was warranted at this time. All lockdowns were lifted and schools are operating on a regular  schedule at this time.

English stated that no further action was warranted at this time. All lockdowns were lifted and schools are operating on a regular schedule at this time.

English spoke with The Erwin Record to clarify that the threat came from social media and the source has been located.

“It was a threat that originated in Maryland,” English said. “One of our students saw it and passed it onto another student, and it spread quickly.”

English noted that the Maryland student has been identified.

“The threat turned out to not be a legitimate threat, but we have to make sure,” he added.

English said that students and staff completed a soft lockdown until all the details were sorted.

“We didn’t send out info until we had all of the facts,” English said. “Although we have to act on any threat, we have to hold off on getting the word out until we have all of the facts or a grasp on what we are dealing with. It’s just like an ongoing investigation. Our students and staff reacted perfectly and the Erwin Police Department and the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene quickly and we were able to resolve this without incident.”