Manhunt puts county schools to test

10:00 am | September 2, 2013

It’s always a good idea to test changing emergency procedures, but this likely wasn’t what Kevin Ward had in mind.

Photo by Brandon HicksClayton Arley Campbell is escorted by Carter County Sheriff's Department Capt. Tom Smith to a waiting Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Clinton Arley Campbell is escorted by Carter County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Tom Smith to a waiting Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser.

A day after schools in Hampton conducted a lockdown drill, students and staff faced the real thing Friday when, police say, three people fled a Tennessee Highway Patrol seatbelt checkpoint and a concerned citizen reported seeing one with a gun.

One of the three was caught near Hampton Elementary School, which along with Hampton High School was put on a full security lockdown Friday afternoon.

After the lockdown drill the day before, Ward, the county’s director of schools, said improvements to procedures were used during the situation.

“During the drill yesterday, they were able to document and identify a few areas they needed to work on,” Ward said. “Everything seemed to go very, very well.”

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