MOUNT VERNON - An alert has been issued by the Mount Vernon City Schools as of 12:52 p.m. Thursday.
According to the district's website MVHS and MVMS have been placed on modified lockdown. While there has been no immediate threat to either building, they are in lockdown for precautionary reasons.
According to MVPD Captain Scott McKnight a student received a threat by phone. The school resource officer and a detective are on the scene. McKnight says the Knox County Career Center is also affected by the lockdown.
McKnight reiterated that there is no immediate threat and law enforcement patrol units are on the scene, as well. No word from the school yet as to whether this lockdown will delay dismissal at 2:35 p.m.
Mount Vernon City Schools Superintendent Bill Seder told KnoxPages.com that the threat was made by phone to a student at the Knox County Career Center. He reiterated that there is no immediate threat to students or staff. Seder says the threatening phone call came from an out of state cell phone tower.
AS of 2:10 p.m. the schools will be dismissed at the normal time this afternoon.
As more information is released, KnoxPages.com will post it.