Officials say everyone safe after Pike Liberal Arts lockdown

Published 3:06 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pike Liberal Arts School went on lockdown Thursday afternoon “just to be safe” according to Troy Police Chief Randall Barr.

Barr said there was no incident at the school and that no threat was made directly against the school; instead, officers were responding to the school based on a “domestic issue.”

“What’s important to know right now is that nothing happened at the school and students are about to be released,” Barr said at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Principal Becky Baggett said the police were brought in as a precaution after being notified of a domestic dispute.

“There was an incident off-campus involving a parent and we were warned that parent might show up on our campus so we locked down,” Baggett said. “Students were dismissed to their parents without incident. We’re thankful to the police for their support in the situation.”

Barr said police were notified of teh situation at approximately 2:45 p.m.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the school was placed on lockdown to ensure the safety of all the children and staff at the school,” Barr said. “Police quickly responded to the scene and checked the campus. The parent was not found on campus and the police never made contact with the parent on the campus.”

Baggett said the police quickly secured the campus.

“It was very short,” Baggett said. “We just wanted the police to be here and secure the area before we released anybody.”

Barr commended the school’s staff for their response.

“Officers from the Troy Police Department remained on campus until all the students were picked up,” Barr said. “This incident evolved very quickly today. Mrs. Baggett and her staff did a great job securing the campus to ensure the safety of students and faculty.”