*Update Saturday Oct 7 – Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman has addressed the lockdown and reminds gun owners to be aware of their surroundings. For his statement see this article.*
Friday October 6, 2017 – Watauga High School was put into a soft lockdown just as students were dismissing on Friday afternoon, due to shots heard in the area.
A staff member leaving school heard the sound of gunshots fired in close proximity to campus, according to Garrett Price, Watauga County Schools Director of Communications. The school resource officer directed a soft lockdown and all students were taken back inside, Price added.
At approximately 3:30 pm Boone Police along with Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area. After a search of the area it was determined that there was a military funeral with salute taking place at Mount Lawn Cemetery, according to Boone Police. A citizen was also located outside the Town limits doing some recreational shooting. The lockdown was lifted at 3:43 pm and all students and staff were been released and normal activities on campus resumed minutes later.