Valle Crucis School went into lockdown procedures briefly on Thursday due to a suspicious person.
According to scanner dispatches at the time and incoming reports to the WataugaOnline.com social media outlets, a suspicious person was seen wearing army fatigues and carrying a knife in one of the parking lots.
Garrett Price, Director of Communications for Watauga County Schools, provided WataugaOnline.com this statement regarding the situation:
Valle Crucis School went into a brief precautionary lockdown at approximately 2:25 p.m. Oct. 12 after a parent reported to have seen an individual carrying multiple knives on school property. School staff placed the school into a lockdown in order to keep students inside, called law enforcement, and then notified Superintendent Scott Elliott.
Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene, located the individual and determined there was no threat to the safety of students or staff. The lockdown ended after approximately 10 minutes and normal operation resumed at the school.
“I appreciate the quick thinking of parents and school staff,” stated Elliott who also responded to the school. “Law enforcement officers were there in a matter of minutes and handled the situation quickly.”