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Originally published: 2014-02-06 15:54:49
Last modified: 2014-02-07 10:41:09

‘Preventative lockdown’ at Avery High School

Sam Calhoun / (sam.calhoun@averyjournal.com)

Avery County High School was under a “preventative lockdown” for approximately 30 minutes starting around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, during fourth period, according to Avery County Schools Superintendent David Burleson. After nothing was found out of order, the lockdown was lifted.  Students were released from school at the regular time, and principals hosted an afterschool meeting with staff in an effort to see if anyone had any clues to exactly what happened.
“We want to put safety first — we don’t want to take any chances,” Burleson said. “We want to make sure we don’t leave any stone unturned.”
According to Burleson, a young lady at the high school reported seeing a person she did not know walk into the high school. The young lady, according to Burleson, told a teacher, who then alerted school officials that an unidentified person could be somewhere in the building.
“We then initiated a preventive lockdown, and, after nothing was found to be out of order, we lifted the lockdown,” Burleson said.
Burleson called an afterschool meeting between school principals and staff to brainstorm about what happened — making sure the unidentified person was not a staff member or someone else identifiable — and give a synopsis of school safety measures.
“If there is anything we can do to make this building more safe, then we will do it — that’s why we are brainstorming,” Burleson said.


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