Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department releases statement on the response at BNL

BEDFORD – On Friday, at 2:05 p.m., Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a report of possible gunfire at Bedford North Lawrence High School.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the school, with the first deputies arriving within 4 minutes of the initial call. Upon arrival, contact was made with security on-site and advised there were no shots fired, said Chief Deputy Gregg Taylor.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies, School Resource Officer Gilbert, and an ISP trooper made entry to the school, cleared the building, and ensured there was no threat to students or faculty.

Officers posted outside of BNL as a security measure as students were dismissed today after the threat.

Once the school was cleared, BNL officials were given the go-ahead to move forward with their scheduled activities as per their protocol.

Out of an abundance of caution, BNL implemented a soft lockdown to assess the situation. After following all protocols, gathering information, and speaking with involved individuals, it has been determined that there is NO threat to school safety.