Man’s visit leads to school lockdown, arrest

January 18, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Meadows Elementary School was placed on lockdown for approximately 15 minutes Wednesday afternoon after a suspicious person was buzzed into the building by school staff.

According to Cabell County Schools Communications Director Jedd Flowers, the lockdown was placed by the school’s principal as a precaution after the man left the building. Flowers said school officials determined the man had no business in the building shortly after he was buzzed in, and he was promptly asked to leave.

Flowers said Cabell County 911 dispatchers alerted school officials about police activity near the school at around 1:30 p.m., which is when the lockdown was put in place. West Virginia State Police arrested the man in the vicinity shortly afterward on unknown charges. The man was not armed.

“Generally we keep our buildings locked anyway, but things can happen as far as people getting in the building,” Flowers said.

During a school lockdown, no one except first responders are permitted to enter or exit a school building.

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