Update: Dobyns-Bennett out of lockdown, single bullet found

Nick Shepherd • Feb 24, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Dobyns-Bennett High School is out of a soft lockdown after a single bullet was found in the school.

According to Andy True, chief information officer for Kingsport City Schools, Dobyns-Bennett went into a soft lockdown after a student discovered a single bullet in the school. The student gave it to a teacher who passed it along to the administration. The decision was then made to do a soft lockdown of the high school while an investigation was conducted.

A soft lockdown meant all students had to stay in the current classroom they were in.

"They just wanted to make sure the kids were safe," True said. "They wanted the lockdown so they could come in and do an investigation in the cleanest way possible."

The K-9 unit of the Kingsport Police Department was brought in to sweep the school, but nothing was found. There were no threats made toward the school or toward any of the students.

The lockdown started at 11 a.m., and classes are now being conducted normally.

Earlier story:

Dobyns-Bennett is on a soft lockdown, according to Marybeth McLain, communication editor with Kingsport City Schools.

McLain said the school is on the soft lockdown so a short investigation can be conducted. She said the Kingsport Police Department is involved and in the building. She said there is no direct threat to students.

McLain said the lockdown could be lifted shortly.

Parents have been notified of the lockdown.

Keep checking back with the Times-News for more details as they become available.

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