- Cullman, Alabama

October 7, 2013

UPDATED: Lockdown ends at Good Hope schools

By Lauren Estes and Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times

GOOD HOPE — The school lockdown at Good Hope schools has been lifted after the Cullman County Sheriff’s office deemed the situation was all-clear around 11:15 a.m., following a report made by a student alleging there was a person with a gun near the campus.

School resource officer David Dover notified the sheriff’s office and school administrators of the report, and placed Good Hope elementary and high school on lockdown this morning as deputy’s searched a wooded area near campus.

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Billy Coleman said no incident has taken place on school grounds, and the lockdown was issued strictly as a precautionary measure while authorities tried to verify the report. Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said they sent in multiple units to set up a perimeter near the school following the call, which came through just after 10 a.m.

“We did a lengthy, thorough search of the area where the person was allegedly seen,” Bartlett said. “We walked the perimeter and did not locate anyone. We kept them on lockdown until we made the determination that it was all clear.”

Bartlett and Major Scott Clay said the student who allegedly saw the person with the gun waited approximately 30 minutes before reporting it.

“We’ve instructed the school resource officer to stay close to campus today,” Bartlett said.

At this point, the schools have been reopened and the lockdown is officially over.