3 east Tenn. schools locked down due to employee’s ‘erratic behavior’

Karns High School
Courtesy: WATE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Three Knox County schools were placed on soft lockdown as a precaution Friday, according to a spokeswoman, after an employee who had been exhibiting some “erratic behaviors” didn’t show up to work.

Spokeswoman Melissa Ogden says Karns High School, Knox Adaptive Education Center (KAEC) and Bearden Elementary school were all placed on lockdown, a heightened level of vigilance where all exterior doors are secured and students are not allowed to go outside.

Ogden says a Karns High School employee did not come to work Friday and had been behaving erratically.

“There have not been any overt threats, just some very strange communications and interactions,” said Ogden.

The employee’s spouse works at KAEC, with which the Bearden Elementary campus is contiguous.

“We are in the process of placing the employee on administrative leave, and have been sharing information with law enforcement,” said Ogden.

The schools’ instructional day was not affected and school dismissed at the normal time.

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