For the second time this year, a local high school had to be placed on lockdown this morning after startling information was received by police.
Hopkinsville High School was already on an unrelated lockdown around 9:20am, according to Sheriff Livy Leavell, who said lockdowns are used from time to time to check the building for any dangers such as weapons.
In accordance with that practice, students were being “wanded,” to find any possible weapons. While that was going on, a female student reportedly text messaged her mother reporting that shots had been fired in the building.
The mother called 911 and dispatchers relayed the message to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Hopkinsville Police. Sheriff Leavell said School Resource Officer Chris Williams was in the building and indicated he did not hear any shots, but all agencies responded as if there was an active shooter.
Thankfully, the report proved to be untrue and it was perhaps as much of a misunderstanding as anything. The sheriff says the student was being interviewed, but that she will almost certainly not be charged with any crime.
School system spokesperson Heather Aubin said all safety precautions were followed in the moments following the initial response and no weapons were found and everyone was safe.
Christian County High School was locked down for a few hours February 2nd when a female student there allegedly emailed in a bomb threat that proved to be a hoax.