TUSCALOOSA COUNTY HIGH, NORTHPORT ELEMENTARY LOCKOUT OVER
UPDATE, 2 p.m.: Our story originally referred to Tuscaloosa County High School and Northport Elementary School going on “lockdown.” The story has been corrected to say “lockout.”
Lockouts keep entrances and exits monitored so no one can enter or exit the school but students and faculty are allowed to move freely within the school. In a lockdown, students and faculty are required to stay in their classrooms or offices.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reported around 1:45 p.m. that the lockout has ended.
Tuscaloosa County High School and Northport Elementary School went on lockout earlier today, but school officials said students weren’t in any danger.
Law enforcement is investigating, and the lockout was because of a potential threat made outside the school.
Both schools were running as normal, but no one was allowed to enter or leave the building.
Parents at both schools were notified, and will be notified again once the lockout is lifted.
The full statement sent by the Tuscaloosa County School System is below:
Tuscaloosa County High School and Northport Elementary School are both currently in lock-out mode. There is no imminent danger inside the schools, but the lock-out is due to a possible threat outside the schools. Law enforcement is investigating. Normal operations continue inside the school during a lock-out, but no one is allowed to enter or leave the building. Parents at both schools were notified through automated message of the situation, and they will be notified once the lock-out is lifted. Messages are also on both schools’ web sites.
Terri Brewer, Director of Public Relations, Tuscaloosa County School System