Schools put on lock down during search for person wanted in gang, weapons case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Two local schools – Moreland Road Elementary and Carver Road Middle schools – were on Wednesday locked down when a wanted suspect fled from authorities.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division sought to apprehend an individual wanted for violation of probation related to gang-related and weapons charges when the suspect fled.

Authorities conducted a search utilizing a SCSO K9 and STAR, its helicopter, but the suspect evaded arrest.

As a precautionary measure, area schools were placed on lock down as the search was being conducted.

Judy Parker, the executive director of the Griffin-Spalding County School System Communications and Partnerships Department, said students of those schools were not negatively impacted by the incident.

“We have a crisis plan and drills in place for a variety of emergency situations,” she said. “(Schools were) locked down about an hour then got the all clear, but schools stayed locked for another hour. There was no impact on instruction.”

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