Toccoa Elementary Locked Down for a short time Wednesday

December 20, 2012

Stephens County school officials say that nothing was found after Toccoa Elementary School was locked down for a brief time Wednesday morning.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said the lockdown was a precautionary measure.

“At Toccoa Elementary, there was a report of someone in the parking lot that looked suspicious and (there were) a lot of things going on, (they) had an assembly program and parents in, but just to be on the safe side (Toccoa Elementary Principal David) Jacobsen did implement lockdown procedures,” said Whiten. “He did not want to take anything for granted, so he did do that.”

Whiten said the Toccoa Police Department was called immediately.

Toccoa Police Interim Chief Tim Jarrell said that his department responded to the scene to investigate further.

“We responded to the school based on our protocols and we assisted the school with doing a walk-through and checking the area,” said Jarrell. “We found nothing suspicious in place and found no one matching the description we were given.”

Upon finding nothing, officials said the lockdown was lifted.

Stephens County Schools were on a scheduled early release Wednesday as the holiday break starts Thursday.

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