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All Clear Given After Alarm At Local School

Local law enforcement officers responded to an alarm at Taylorsville Elementary School on Tuesday, May 24. An all clear was given after the school was checked and all students and staff were accounted for.
(Updated May 24, 1:29 pm)

School, students OK
following May 24 alarm at facility  

Many city and county law officers descended upon Taylorsville Elementary School after Alexander County 911 received an alarm from the school on Tuesday, May 24, about 12:28 p.m.

Dr. Bill Griffin, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services for Alexander County Schools, stated that an alarm button was inadvertently pressed, causing the emergency response.

Taylorsville Police Chief Dennis James and Alexander County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tod Jones indicated that all students and staff acted in a very responsive, cooperative manner, and all were accounted for in a timely fashion.

A statement released by Renee Meade, Public Information Officer for the school system, read: "Approximately 12:28 p.m., an alarm was set off at Taylorsville Elementary School prompting a code down.  The Taylorsville Police Department and Alexander County Sheriff’s Department responded immediately.  School staff followed the safety protocol flawlessly.  The school was checked with all students and staff were accounted for prior to the code down being cleared at 1:00 p.m.  Law enforcement has thoroughly checked and cleared the building.  The school resumed normal activities for the remainder of the afternoon.  Some law enforcement will remain on campus just as a safety precaution.   Again, Taylorsville Elementary campus is completely safe and we will have for normal afternoon dismissal at regular time."

"We thank Alexander County Law Enforcement and Taylorsville Elementary staff for a quick response and for ensuring our students are safe at all times. We appreciate the opportunity to love and care for your children," Meade concluded.


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