Kingsport City Schools: Multiple students suspended following lockdown incident at Dobyns-Bennett H.S.


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has confirmed with Kingsport City Schools officials that last week’s lockdown and chaotic incident resulted in ‘multiple student suspensions.’

The statement from school officials read, “The events of last week and subsequent investigations have resulted in multiple student suspensions.”

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Kingsport Police officials told News Channel 11 tensions were high last week after a threatening note was found at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

Tom Patton with the Kingsport Police Department said there was already an increased police presence on campus Wednesday because of that investigation when dispatch received a phone call saying two armed subjects were walking in a nearby neighborhood.

Patton said that shortly after the call came in, administrators decided to put the high school on lockdown.

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This information was provided to News Channel 11 by Assistant Superintendent Andy True and Kingsport Police PIO Tom Patton.

Panic ensued as several photos began surfacing on social media, leading some parents to believe there was, in fact, an active shooter in the building.

Some on social media also said students heard gunshots and police said no shots were fired by law enforcement or anyone else that afternoon.

Josh Adkins says his daughter, Dobyns-Bennett senior Kurstin Adkins, was among those punished.

He says the post above landed her three days of out-of-school suspension, but none for her twin sister who shared the same post.

“I don’t understand, just because maybe, maybe because she got a little bit more likes or more shares,” Adkins said. “How’s it anything different from what her sister did or the other children?”

Kurstin wasn’t at the school the day the chaos unfolded but says she got the information from those who were.

“Everyone was just scared,” she said. “They freaked out and tried to let people know and warn people. It wasn’t to cause any problems. Everyone was just terrified for the friends and everyone in the building.”

Her dad confronted school administrators and posted the video to social media.

“Students names who are brought forward, and who are deemed to have caused part of the disruption, and been disruptive to the school environment and inciting the disorder…those are the students we’re addressing,” a school administrator told Adkins.

The student handbook has vague references to social media posts but a school administrator said she was disciplined because the information was untrue.

“It was false information about the incident a DB,” the administrator said. “It was very inflammatory in nature. She sent it out and caused extra anxiety extra problems.”

Looking back, Kurstin wishes she hadn’t made the post, especially since this will go on her record and will have to be reported on scholarship and college applications.

“I want it cleared, because if I don’t get it cleared, I don’t get a scholarship I’m not going to be able to go to UT, and that’s been my dream since freshman year,” Kurstin said.

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