By MELINDA WILLIAMS
An “apparent disagreement” resulted in a brief lockdown at Pulaski Elementary School Thursday, but police said safety precautions were followed and students were never in danger.
According to Pulaski Police Department Capt. Anthony Meredith, police received a call from the 500 block of Highland Terrace in Pulaski around 11:30 a.m. that a “potentially distraught resident” who had just left the residence was going to her son’s elementary school in Pulaski to pick him up.
Meredith said in a press release that the caller indicated the woman, who doesn’t have custody of her son, was carrying a pocketknife and might harm herself.
Pulaski police officers responded to Highland Terrace and both elementary schools in Pulaski “as a safety precaution to prevent an incident, and attempt to locate the female.”
Meredith said Pulaski County School Board administration was notified of the incident and responded accordingly. The principal of Pulaski Elementary School confirmed Thursday the school was placed under lockdown briefly.
A short time after responding to the residence and schools, Meredith said, police found the woman at the Highland Terrace residence and spoke with her and the person who called the police. During the conversation, police “determined that she was fine and had made no statements concerning wanting to harm herself or anyone else,” he said.
“The female has a small pocketknife that she normally carries, and it had nothing to do with the complaint,” Meredith said in the release. “There was an apparent disagreement at the home between the caller and the female, and the female left the home, which prompted the call to police.”
He said the police department “will always respond and take any precautions necessary, if there is a potential threat that involves the safety and security of our schools.”
Officers advised the caller and the unidentified female of resources available if they needed any further assistance, he added, noting that there was no criminal violation resulting from the incident.