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Police: Man with hatchet, meth arrested near Pickens elementary school playground

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Published: May. 19, 2022 at 2:14 PM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 3:12 PM EDT
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PICKENS, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Extra law enforcement are on scene at an elementary school in Pickens County as a precaution on Thursday afternoon.

The School District of Pickens County said Hagood Elementary School was placed on lockdown after a student reported seeing a suspicious person in the woods behind the playground.

All students were brought inside and law enforcement responded to investigate.

Officers said 24-year-old Dalton Brooks was taken into custody. Investigators said Brooks was in possession of meth, marijuana and a hatchet.

Just before 2 p.m., Pickens Police Department gave the all-clear for the school to resume normal operations. As a precaution, extra law enforcement will remain on campus through dismissal.