Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Pulaski County lockdown prompted by text that misinterpreted Giles County situation
The alleged threat came from a conversation that a Pulaski resident had with coworkers at her workplace on Saturday. The resident had watched last week’s coverage about the closure of Giles County schools, which occurred after an online article linked two mass shootings to schools in Narrows. The resident was concerned for her children’s safety and the safety of her relatives’ children, according to the release.
Because the resident speaks limited English, a coworker misinterpreted her comments and believed there was a threat at Giles and Pulaski schools.
“The information became distorted as it was passed between other witnesses to the point where a concerned student at Pulaski Middle School reported the comments to the school,” the release stated.
All Pulaski County schools will operate on their normal schedules tomorrow, according to the release.Three schools were on lockdown today.
Town police Capt. Anthony Meredith said the police department was notified that Pulaski Middle School was on lockdown at 9:08 a.m. Because of their proximity, Pulaski Elementary and Critzer Elementary were also placed on lockdown.
Instruction continued as usual at the schools today, Brewster said, but students were not allowed outside. If students needed to go outside for any reason, they were escorted by teachers, he said.
Meredith said police officers were also placed at all county schools as an extra precaution.
The county sheriff’s office and Radford City Police are assisting in an investigation of the alleged threat.