Sparkman High School lockdown lifted, students go home early

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Sparkman High School and Sparkman Ninth Grade School were placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

An anonymous gun threat was made against the school, according to a Madison County Schools spokesman. Leaders said the threat was called into the office.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the school. District leaders said there were multiple deputies already on campus for the school day.

The lockdown was lifted around 1:25 p.m., and school officials dismissed school at 1:45 p.m. because of the disruptive effect the lockdown had on the school day.

“When you’re in that tense situation for a long period of time, it’s going to be tough to go back and have a normal school day at the end of that and then have to go back and redo the lunch schedule and all of that,” Superintendent Matt Massey said. “As parents they just want their kids at that point, and the kids are just ready to be home, so we just felt like that was the best decision.”

Additional deputies would be on campus Thursday, according to the school district.

The sheriff’s office said they spoke with “persons of interest” during the lockdown, but there was no word on whether anyone was taken into custody or disciplined in connection with the threat.