By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
GOOD HOPE —
Following a report made by a student alleging there was a person with a gun near the Good Hope schools campus Monday morning, authorities instituted a brief lockdown to search the surrounding woods. Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies found nothing suspicious, and the school was reopened just before lunch.
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 Monday morning as deputies 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 there were multiple students all within the same classroom who allegedly saw the person with the gun and waited approximately 30 minutes before reporting it.
“We’ve instructed the school resource officer to stay close to campus,” Bartlett said. “There’s no reason for us to doubt what the students saw. It could have been someone walking from a dove field or something like that who crossed over the field. We’re keeping our SRO on special alert.”
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