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UPDATE: Issue resolved that led to lockdown of four Raleigh Co. schools, according to superintendent

Local - 9/6/2013 4:46 PM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY - Four Raleigh County schools were temporarily placed on lockdown Friday afternoon.

Superintendent James Brown told Newswatch that Bradley, Cranberry-Prosperity, Crescent and Mabscott Elementary Schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown for about an hour.

Brown said the principal at one of the schools contacted the school board office, saying they received word from a Sheriff's Department in Georgia concerning a custodial issue with a parent. School officials then contacted the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department and put the four schools on lockdown from about noon to 1 p.m.

Officers worked together with the schools, according to Brown. “Law enforcement was communicating with us in a very proactive manner and we were able to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and our faculty,” he explained. “The process worked.”

Brown said instruction continued during the lockdown. “Students were really never in a situation where their safety was an issue,” he said.

The issue was resolved, according to Brown. “We're confident that all of the schools are secure [and the] students are safe,” he said. “We're back to business as usual.”

Brown also said the afternoon school bus schedules were unaffected by the lockdown and buses ran on their regular schedule.


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