School locked down after alleged threat
Posted By Sparta Live | January 21, 2013 12:00 am
An alleged threat of harm by a Doyle Elementary School parent was recently reported to White County Sheriff Department, who quickly acted and assured that students were not at risk.
According to Public Information Officer Detective Chris Isom, the Department of Children’s Services, along with Sgt. Lanny Wheeler and Deputy Richard Bullard of WCSD, went to the home of a student of Doyle Elementary School to perform a welfare check.
Upon arrival at the home, officers spoke with a neighbor who reportedly stated to officers that the child’s father had allegedly threatened to “hurt someone.”
Officers were reportedly told the suspect may have gone to the school his child attends.
Because officers wanted to ensure the safety of the children at the school, Deputy Dustin Reels responded to the school, which went on lockdown.
Sgt. Wheeler and Dep. Bullard drove toward the school in an attempt to locate the suspect’s vehicle. The officers did spot the vehicle and performed a traffic stop.
Officers conducted an interview of the subject, who reportedly denied the allegations against him and claimed he never intended to hurt anyone.
After interviewing the subject and conducting an investigation, Det. Isom says officers found there was no evidence to warrant an arrest.
Because the subject did not make it to the school and never made threats against anyone at the school, the department has decided not to release the name of the subject to protect the child.
Det. Isom says he wants residents to know that the department took the allegations very seriously and acted immediately.
“Doyle Elementary School did a good job getting the school locked down. The three officers did a good job as well. Everyone did everything that we needed them to do,” Isom stated.