Harvest-area schools were under ‘lock-out’ as deputies search for murder suspect

MADISON COUNTY,  Ala. --   Officials with the Madison County Schools system confirm several schools in the area were on "lock-out" on Thursday. Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for a suspected murderer.

A representative with the school system tells us a lock-out differs from a lockdown because students are still free to move around the school, but no one was allowed outside for P.E. or recess. The schools are closely monitored anyone who wanted to enter the schools, and they had to do so through a locked door.

The school system worked closely with the Madison County Sheriff's Office and stayed in contact with updates every 15 minutes.

School system says they have no reason to believe the students were in danger, but this was a proactive step they took to make sure of that.

The following schools were under lock-out, according to the Madison County School system :

  • Sparkman High
  • Sparkman Ninth
  • Madison Cross Roads
  • Monrovia Middle
  • Monrovia Elementary
  • Legacy School
  • Endeavor School
  • Harvest Elementary

The Limestone County School's Facebook Page says the three following schools are on modified lockdown:

  • East Limestone High School
  • Creekside Elementary
  • Creekside Primary