Waynesville Middle School lock-down lifted

Dec 17, 2013

Waynesville Middle School was under a school lockdown for about 90 minutes Tuesday after a student reported seeing a weapon on campus. During that time no one could enter or leave the premises.

Law enforcement officers in Haywood County responded to the call at 9:45 a.m. and investigated the situation.

While the student report involved seeing a weapon at the school, only live ammunition cartridges were found. Bill Nolte, associate school superintendent said the entire school was searched, and authorities are confident there was never a weapon in the school.

Officers cleared the scene and the lockdown was lifted by 11 a.m.

There will be disciplinary action taken against the student, said Nolte, though the information will not be made public.

“There will certainly be consequences because of the level of disruption,” he said, “but not as severe as if a gun had been found. There’s a big difference in ammunition and weapon.”

Nolte said had a weapon been found, "it would have been a lot more scary to us."

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