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September 27, 2013

Area schools locked down Friday

Lockdown lifted shortly after 12:40 p.m.

RUSHVILLE — Following a threat made on the social media outlet, Facebook, Charles A. Beard and Knightstown Schools were locked down shortly before 11 a.m. Friday. As a result, all Rush County Schools followed suit a short time later.

According to Superintendent of RCS’s Dr. John Williams, parents were notified of the security measure via text messages and emails.

“We were informed that a threat, of some nature, had been made on Facebook and that authorities were seeking a person of interest. They were seeking the unidentified individual to verify if the threat had any credibility,” Dr. Williams said.

He continued by saying that the unidentified male being sought was not a student at any Knightstown, Charles A. Beard School District or Rush County School.

“As a means to ensure the safety of the students and faculty, all Rush County Schools were locked down meaning no students were allowed out or in and no outside recess for elementary students,” Williams said.

In light of many such cases, an emergency plan has previously been set in place with safety and security measures at all county schools and according to Williams they worked to perfection.

“Classes will continue as close to normal as possible under the situation and we will remain under lockdown until the matter is resolved,” the administrator said.

The person of interest was apprehended by unknown law enforcement personnel shortly after 12 noon and the all clear was given at 12:40 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted.

Dr. Williams credited local parents for not showing up at the school during the lockdown to remove their students. According to the administrator, it impedes the process if parents arrive on the scene during a lockdown situation. Parents should await further communication via text and email from the school administration.

Assisting with the investigation and eventual apprehension were officers from the Knightstown Police Department, Rushville Police Department, Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police.

Read more on this story in Tuesday’s edition of the Rushville Republican as additional information is made available.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.

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