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Hunter Gives Scare at Cherokee School, Causing Code Red Alert

Buses were diverted from their routes to Mountain Road Elementary and the school was locked down until police determined a bow hunter caused the scare.

A bow hunter on property near Mountain Road Elementary had the school's administrative team activating a "Code Red" alert that diverted buses to an area high school, locked down the school and brought police to the scene.

At 6:50 a.m. the administrative staff responded to the sighting of a man believed to be carrying a weapon near the school After diverting the buses that were en route to the school, the staff worked with the Cherokee County School District's Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the school district's Transportation Department and the Office of School Operations.

"We were able to assess the situation in a relatively quick manner and determine there was no threat to the safety of our students and staff – in this case, the situation stemmed from an individual bow hunting on a property near the school," a later from Mountain Road Elementary School Principal Tammy Sandell said.

Copies of that letter were being sent home with every student in the school today.

Students and staff soon returned to normal activities, and by 7:30 a.m. all buses had dropped the remaining students off at the school

"Our teachers and staff are to be commended on the excellent job they did ensuring the safety of our students today, as our local school Safety and Security Plan was effectively implemented in this situation," Principal Sandell said in her letter to parents.

(A copy of Principal Sandell's letter is included with this story.)

MWhit December 19, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Ms. Sandell is a great principal with a wonderful staff and faculty. My husband and I were impressed with the schools' quick action and care of our children, as well as the response of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Dept.!!!
Frank Jones December 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I understand that people are in shock and disbelief regarding the Connecticut shootings last week, but people also need to realize that there isn't a boogie man around every corner. Based upon this article, there was a legitimate bow hunter on adjoining property. I assume he was legally allowed to be on that property. The school personnel did the right thing...They called police. Situation handled. There are some people calling for the arming of teachers and administrator. There are people calling for the right to carry concealed weapons into school buildings. These are probably the same people who would make rash decisions and confront a suspect. In a situation like this, it would be foreseable that either an armed teacher, parent, administrator, or the legal bow hunter would be dead or injured. People need to be prudent in their actions and let law enforcement do their jobs. Vigilantes need not apply.
Patricia Saye December 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Mr. Frank Jones I will agree with everthing you are saying concerning this situation
Geoffrey Miller December 24, 2012 at 03:20 AM
This is great. Very stereotypical of the area. Harass hunters and blame them for a "scare"? The media will remain the media. Personally I will not wait for the government to protect my family. It is great that the school reacted to a threat though. The kids would be safe if someone came to assault the school with a bow from an adjacent property.

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