A local high school was placed on lockdown following reports of an emergency situation. The local sheriff’s office has not yet located a suspect and no injuries have been reported after a call was received reporting an active shooter at Volunteer High School in Hawkins County, Tennessee.
According to school officials, Volunteer High School was placed on lockdown after reports were received indicating that there was a person with a gun on campus.
On social media, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office announced that the school was being evacuated and the investigation into the incident was underway, with the assistance of multiple agencies.
The lockdown was put in place at around 8 a.m. on August 10th, which was scheduled to be the first full day for the school.
Here is our preliminary statement regarding the incident at Volunteer High School. pic.twitter.com/lgcCbVSQuu
— Hawkins County SO (@HawkinsCountySO) August 10, 2021
Other schools in the area were placed on lockdown earlier in the morning, but the lockdowns have since been lifted for all of them except Volunteer High School.
“There has been an emergency situation at Volunteer High School,” the school district said in a statement posted to Facebook. “Our major concern at this time is for the safety of our students and staff; please stay clear of the area to allow law enforcement and emergency personnel access to the area.”
Officials are asking that people not attempt to come to the school. Parents are being told to go to the Mount Carmel National Guard Armory at 399 Highway 11 W for reunification with their children, who are being transported by bus to the reunification site. Parents are being advised to remain in their vehicles and wait for their children to be brought out to them.
According to reporting from ABC7, “Hawkins County Emergency Communications is requesting people not to call 911 or Central Dispatch unless they have an emergency due to the overwhelming number of calls coming in.”