Possible armed subject prompts school lockdown, since lifted
A reported sighting of a person who was possibly armed prompted a lockdown at a High Point elementary school this morning.
A Fairview Elementary School employee reported seeing a man across the street from the Taylor Avenue school come out of a house and put a handgun in the waistband of his pants, according to High Point police Capt. Mike Kirk.
School personnel locked the building down about 10:40 a.m. and notified police, who responded to the scene. Officers did not locate the person in question and did not locate any weapons.
The person apparently never set foot on campus.
“We went and tried to find people and talked to folks at the house, but we never could verify any of it,” said Kirk. “There was never anybody on campus. They did lock down the school for a few minutes until we go there and sorted things out.”
The lockdown was lifted about 11:10 a.m. School officials notified parents of the lockdown through an automated message.
“Just in case that person was trying to do something harmful, they were taking a precaution by locking the building,” said Guilford County Schools spokesperson Laurie Hogan.
Fairview Principal Rhonda Copeland stated, “Something happened in the neighborhood and in order to keep our Fairview students safe, we went into our lock down drill.”