ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Anderson County Schools addressed the rumors and misinformation about the lockdown that took place at Clinton High School on Friday.
According to Superintendent Tim Parrott, Mr. Jenkins, principal at Clinton High School, and staff had heard rumors of a potential walkout related to an incident that happened at the beginning of the school year. This alleged incident involved a student's restroom usage and their alleged activities in the restroom.
The incident was investigated thoroughly and no student was assaulted, Parrott said.
Parrott mentioned that Mr. Jenkins called him early Friday morning and informed him about the rumors of a walkout, and for the safety of the students, he was going to put the school into a soft lockdown.
"A soft lockdown limits the number of students in the hallways while still being able to maintain regularly scheduled class changes," Parrott said. "The soft lockdown lasted the first block from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m."
The Anderson County Sheriff's Office said, "At the request of Clinton High School administrators, my office will have a larger presence than normal tomorrow morning in the hallways and on campus."
Officers will be on campus "to ensure that every child is safe, acting responsibly and not disrupting school," ACSO said.
ACS is required to follow Tennessee state law that requires students to use the bathroom of their gender at birth, Parrott said.
For students who do not feel comfortable using a restroom with others, Clinton High School said it offers a single bathroom available for any student to use.