CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Northeast Middle School was evacuated Tuesday morning when it was discovered a student brought what appeared to be a potentially explosive device onto school grounds.
In an automated phone message to parents, Principal Tracy Hollinger said the school was evacuated in an orderly manor while police conducted a sweep of the building.
The following email was sent by Hollinger:
“All students are safe after we followed our evacuation drill this morning. We evacuated the building and law enforcement responded when we discovered that a student had brought to school a drilled out and disarmed device that had its explosive core removed. There was no threat to student safety at any time. However, it is considered a banned item and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Our students were especially well-behaved during the drill, as they stood outdoors on this beautiful day. Before students re-entered the building, law enforcement and teachers did a complete sweep of the building. There is nothing more important to us than keeping our students safe. We appreciate students’ and staff’s quick response.”
CMCSS Chief Communications Officer Elise Shelton said students and staff cooperated during the evacuation and that safety was a top priority.
The school has identified the student responsible for bringing the device to school and said appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.