Watauga High School On Soft Lockdown Friday Due To Shots Heard In The Area

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*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.

Price added, “We want to thank Boone PD for their fast response. They handled the situation very well, and were quickly able to determine that our students were safe and all was clear.”
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