Social media threat locks down Mt. Vernon schools

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FORTVILLE — A social media threat led to three Mt. Vernon schools being placed on lockdown Friday afternoon.

Captain Robert Campbell of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon Middle School and Fortville Elementary School YMCA were placed on lockdown after a threat was received.

Campbell said the person who made the threats was found and nobody was injured.

In a phone message to parents, Mt. Vernon superintendent Jack Parker said high school administration was notified a former student threatened violence with a firearm.

“Administration immediately contacted law enforcement, who are currently on-site,” Parker said.

Parker said parents are asked to not come to the school and no cars are allowed on campus. The school corporation will send updates via email and dismiss students as usual when police complete their investigation. Parents will receive another call when students are allowed to go home.

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