Students are being evacuated from a Tennessee high school as police respond to an active emergency.
A SCHOOL IN TENNESSEE has been evacuated due to a “emergency issue,” with police rushing to the area.
Multiple ambulances were dispatched to Volunteer High School in east Tennessee, according to officials with Hawkins County EMS Ambulance Services. According to local accounts, several patients were removed from the area.
On Facebook, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office stated that they responded to reports of an active shooter.
“The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office received a report this morning, shortly before 8:00 a.m., stating that an active shooter was inside Volunteer High School,” it said.
“Deputies arrived and began searching the school right away.
“A suspect has yet to be identified, and no injuries have been recorded.
RIGHT NOW: School buses carrying students are departing Volunteer High School, accompanied by law enforcement officers.
On the buses with the students are armed law enforcement officers. pic.twitter.com/zDfNBloNuu
“A number of agencies are collaborating with the investigation.”
A gun is thought to have been discovered at the school.
Students are being bused to a National Guard Armory to be picked up by their parents, according to the school system.
“An emergency scenario has occurred at Volunteer High School,” the notification read.
Here is our initial response to the events at Volunteer High School. pic.twitter.com/lgcCbVSQuu
“At this time, our primary concern is for the safety of our students and staff; please avoid the area to enable law enforcement and emergency workers access.”
Other county schools were also placed on a brief lockdown, which was eventually released.
One upset mother told News4 Nashville that her 15-year-old son was being held captive at the high school.
“He was distraught,” she said.
“When he said, ‘Mom, there’s a shooter at the school,’ I panicked.
“I said, ‘I’ll be right there,’ and I meant it.
“All I want is for him to leave the school.”
On Monday, students returned to class for half a day, and today was the first full day of classes.