UPDATE #4 (5:30 p.m.): Gun reported at Powell High School

Knoxville (WVLT) -- New details on a lockdown at Powell High School.

Deputies responded to the school a little after 3:30 p.m. after a 9-1-1 caller reported a gun on the campus.

Several Knox County Sheriffs’ Department officers and the helicopter
were on scene within minutes, and at least six cars and the chopper remain there as of 5:30 p.m.

Knox County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Martha Dooley says there were about 30 students still inside the building when it was put on lockdown.

Both Dooley and Knox Schools spokesperson Russ Oaks say all students were out of the school by 4:30 p.m.

But, a source tells VolunteerTV.com a different story.

The source says at 3:30 p.m., teachers were notified over the loudspeaker that the school was placed on lockdown.

Moments later our source tells VolunteerTV.com that teachers were told to barricade themselves and their students in their classrooms.

Eventually, according to our source, students were led to the school locker room where they were searched by sheriff's deputies and then allowed to leave in small groups.

Our source says there are still students left inside the school.

Knox County Schools spokesperson Russ Oaks says today was a test day so as students finished exams they were allowed to leave.

As a result, many had already left when the 9-1-1 call came in.

Another parent on scene tells VolunteerTV.com, her son was just released from the school locker room around 5 p.m.

He is fine.

The outer doors of the school are locked as sheriff's deputies with at least one police dog continue to search the school.

Dooley says no gun has been found.

Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and volunteertv.com for continued coverage of this developing news story.

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  • by Lorrie K Location: Powell on Dec 20, 2007 at 06:07 PM
    It would have been nice to have heard something on the TVnews sooner. This is the only place I could get any information until after the 5:00 news and I had helicopters circling my house for hours, and plenty of false info. coming from friends of my daughters
  • by PHS teacher on Dec 20, 2007 at 05:45 PM
    Teachers were not told to barricade - we were told to take kids into our rooms & then the lockdown was announced. This was not aimed at students - very few students were there still... some were probably on their way back for practices but all the teachers were still there. It was really scary but handled well by the administration. What kids were there were comforted and taken care of.
  • by Quinn Location: caldwell on Dec 20, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    I was on the bus 203 and the busses had to stay on lock down for about an hour it was scary but we all belive that we were pretty safe the bus driver had info and told us that 3 guns were in the school and cops and hellicopters were all aroundWE didnt know much but what we knew was enough to get someone in a scare or some people cried.......P.s. I am 12 and the people on the bus were anywhere from 6th to 8th grade and later around 3 highscoolers got on the bus
  • by Powell Parent Location: Knoxville on Dec 20, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    Russ Oaks is an idiot! There are ALWAYS kids there after school. Lots of band, cheer, dance, basketball practices!!


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