Former Jeffersontown HS student in custody after ‘unlawfully’ entering school, prompting lockdown

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 3:31 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - No injuries were reported and students are now being picked up after a former Jeffersontown High School student entered the school around 12:30 p.m., prompting the school to be put on lockdown.

Jeffersontown Police Department called Louisville Metro Police Department for backup after school personnel called the police about a person getting into the building, leading to a heavy police presence, LMPD Officer Beth Ruoff said.

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Initial reports from Jefferson police dispatchers indicated that officers were investigating a report of an “active aggressor.” Ruoff said it has not yet been confirmed if the person was armed, with Renee Murphy, a Jefferson County Public Schools spokesperson, saying the incident was not an active shooter situation.

Students were evacuated from the school and led to the football field following the scare, according to a tweet from JCPS.

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The suspect was detained by Jeffersontown PD officers after being found “a short distance away” from the school. Their identity was not revealed, but Jeffersontown PD Detective Chris Morris confirmed they are underage.

Parents of Jeffersontown High School students were sent to Tully Elementary School, which is located minutes away from the high school, to pick up their children if they walk or drive to school.

WAVE 3 News was there as some parents greeted their children after waiting for hours at the elementary school.

“I’m really beside myself right now,” Rachel Komp, a mother of a Jeffersontown High School senior said. “The relief that I’m feeling; I’m just so glad that he’s here with me, and we’re good. We’re good to go home.”

Komp’s son, Thomas said he was taken off guard when he heard an announcement over the loud speaker that said in part, “This is not a drill.”

He was in his last period class when the announcement was made.

“It was scary and pretty stressful knowing that someone could just break in the door (of my classroom), but they were pretty heavy duty doors,” Thomas said. “(My class) also wasn’t that worried, because we were in the very front of the school, where there were three exits, including one that led directly outside, so we weren’t that worried.”

Thomas told WAVE 3 News some students grabbed iron bars to protect themselves while hiding in a closet where expensive equipment for his class was kept.

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