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Lockdown lifted at 2 Henderson Co. schools after gun found on campus

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An adult was arrested at a Henderson County school Thursday morning after deputies said that person brought a gun on the campus.

Major Frank Stout said Apple Valley Middle and North Henderson High schools were put on lockdown as deputies investigated. Both schools are located on a campus along Fruitland Road. The lockdown was lifted and the schools returned to normal schedule just after noon.

Stout said a panic alarm at the school complex sounded at 10:09 a.m. The suspect was in custody by 10:21 a.m.

Stout said no students were ever threatened or in danger.

School district officials said the suspect never entered the school building at any time.

Stout said a woman was armed. He said she is not a student or faculty member and had not been charged as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Molly McGowan Gorsuch, a spokesperson for the Henderson County School District, released the following statement about the incident.

A lockdown is ongoing at Apple Valley Middle and North Henderson High schools.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call this morning regarding an individual on campus with a weapon. Officers responded promptly and ensured the safety of all students and teachers.

The individual has been taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office, and never stepped foot into either school building; the weapon never entered either school building and remained in the individual’s vehicle.  

No students were injured or were ever in jeopardy. They remain secured in their classrooms while officers conduct a safety sweep throughout the schools’ premises.

More details will be forthcoming once the Sheriff’s Office has cleared the schools.

Deputies are still in the early stages of their investigation of the incident.

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