UPDATE: (WVLT) – A lockdown that lasted about four hours is finally over at a Hawkins County School.Hawkins County Director of Schools Charlotte Britton tells volunteertv.com the lockdown at Bulls Gap Elementary ended about 11:30 a.m.
Britton says the school was placed on lockdown at 7:30 a.m. after a threat of a student with a gun on a bus was overheard by another student.
The bus driver then called the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department, who responded and searched all the students on the bus.
Britton says other police officials responded to the school as well and used metal detectors to search all the students’ backpacks and bags.
No gun was found at the school or on the bus, according to Britton. She says an investigation into the threat is underway, but so far there have been no arrests, and no students detained or taken into custody. [WVLT previously reported, two juveniles were taken to the Hawkins County Sheriffs Office, and a third to an alternative school.]
Britton says everything went smoothly and she applauded the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol for their quick response and assistance at the school.
She says all the students are safe and classes are underway.