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Lockdown at three Bedford County Schools

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 11:46 am

A Bedford County Sheriff’s car in front of Harris Middle School on Dec. 5. (Photo by Zoe Watkins)

Shelbyville – This morning local law enforcement and school officials were alerted to a possible threat when a gun was reported missing from a home, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tammy Garrett.

A lockdown at three schools – Harris Middle School, Shelbyville Central High School, and Southside Elementary School – was immediately implemented as soon as school officials received the tip.
After a thorough investigation and ensuring the schools were safe for all students and faculty, the matter became a police investigation and is still ongoing at this time. No criminal offense was committed on school property, and schools went from a hard lockdown to secure perimeter by mid-morning.
“We thank our parents for their patience and cooperation this morning and our local police for their partnership in ensuring safety for our schools,” commented Garrett. “Safety is always, and will always be, our top priority.”