ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Larry Walker Education Center, located on Bobcat Trail just down the hill from Gilmer High School, is under lockdown this morning as Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the location.
According to a statement from Gilmer Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, the lockdown came after office personnel reported a loud noise that they described as a gunshot.
The Sheriff also answered about the incident saying that his office was responding to a loud noise. He reports that GCSO School Resource Officers, deputies and detectives, along with city units, are currently investigating the area.
Neither authority has confirmed any reports of an actual or active shooter, just reports of the gunshot-like noise. Upon completing their sweep of the school, the Sheriff stated that it had been cleared and no threat was found.
Additionally, Gilmer High School is also under a lockout currently do to the situation. The difference being that a lockout still allows movement and classes inside the building, but all entrances are shutdown and locked from entry.
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