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Anderson County High School under 'soft lockdown'

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Superintendent: increased security on campus due to community safety concern

By The Staff

Superintendent Sheila Mitchell has confirmed that the Anderson County High School is currently under "soft lockdown" due to a safety concern about a man with connections to the high school possibly approaching the high school campus.  

Mitchell said a One Call notification will be going out to high school parents about the “soft lockdown,” a procedure in which there is an increased security presence in the high school entryway and in the hallways.

Mitchell said she received confirmed information this morning regarding an individual with possible connections to the high school, and that there could be a safety concern that he may approach the Anderson County High School campus.

The individual is currently involved in a situation with local law enforcement, Mitchell said.

Sources tell The Anderson News that law enforcement agencies are looking for a man involved in a domestic dispute Monday morning. The man, sources said, took off on foot.

Police were searching for the man near the Anderson-Mercer county line.

It wasn't clear what the man's relationship is to the high school.

Mitchell said the soft lockdown was issued in order to ensure the individual does not have access or the possibility of entry into the building.

A soft lockdown is neither a drill nor a full lockdown, Mitchell said.

Students will still be in class today, she said, and are able to leave the classroom with permission from instructors.

Parents will be notified by One Call once the district receives an update from law enforcement and the lockdown is lifted, Mitchell said. Parents are welcome to call central office or the high school with concerns, she said.

If the lockdown continues into the afternoon, the school will address increased security in the Anderson County High School parking lot during dismissal, Mitchell said.

Check www.theandersonnews.com for more information as it becomes available.