KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Kingsport Police say the large police presence at Dobyns-Bennett High School on Wednesday was in response to an “unconfirmed citizen report” that alleged two people were seen with a firearm in a nearby community.
According to the Kingsport Police Department, they received a call at 12:05 p.m. which said two people were walking in the Highland Community and were possibly in possession of a firearm.
KPD says there was already a strong presence at the school because of the threatening note found at the school on Tuesday.
After police were informed of the possible armed people in the Highlands Community, additional officers arrive at the school and surrounding neighborhoods for security and investigative purposes.
The school campus was placed on lockdown out of “an abundance of caution.”
KPD said that due to tensions already being high, several students panicked and ran from the campus.
Officers providing perimeter security to the school reportedly saw students fleeing and went inside to investigate.
KPD says after an investigation, the presence of the two armed people nearby was never verified.
KPD also says no incident ever actually took place on campus.
KPD told parents at the school that they searched the school room-by-room and found nothing. Parents were also told that an all-clear has been given.
The lockdown was lifted and school activities returned to normal.
Kingsport City Schools says there will be an increased police presence at the school “for the near future.”
The threatening note is still under investigation.