GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. - A phone call forced Greene County schools to issue a lockdown and we now know a 14-year-old male student has been charged with filing a false report after a caller contacted the sheriff's department telling them a student was coming to one of the schools with a gun.
Parents were worried as they got the message that their child's school was on lock down, but Director of Schools, Dr. Vicki Kirk says they acted quickly and were working to keep all of the students safe.
"The sheriff called [Tuesday] morning to say they have gotten an anonymous 911 call that a student had said they were going to bring a gun to school," said Kirk.
However, we learned they weren't sure which school. Kirk says they traced the clues, leading them straight to Chuckey Doak High School.
Dr. Kirk told us they didn't take the threat lightly and put the school on lockdown, not letting anyone in or out. "The students and faculty at CDHS were terrific, they had a very calm response [to the lockdown]," she said.
We learned the Sheriff's Department continued the investigation to ensure the safety of the students, but found no proof of the allegations. "He felt a sense of what had happened there, we felt confident that students were safe and we lifted the lockdown," said Kirk.
Donna Blazer is a host parent for two exchange students at Chuckey Doak High School and tells me she was very worried. "Those [parents] have entrusted their children to me and our country, hoping they would get a better education," said Blazer.
And says these things make parents nervous. "The parents usually contact me every year, they're scared at first. They don't know what kind of family, they want to make sure their child is safe," said Blazer.
Dr. Kirk tells me that is her first goal in times of trouble and she plans to learn from the events that happened today. "We will debrief this whole situation, I can think of 2 or 3 things I could want to do better next time, mostly communication kinds of things," said Kirk.
Several parents we talked to said they were angry they were not fully informed about what was happening inside of the school and they hope the school system will change the way they notify parents.
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