Just after 12:30 p.m., an employee at the school notified school administrators and School Resource Officer Angie Whittemore that he had observed a white male inside the school with what appeared to be a handgun, according to Dan Glasscock, supervisor of Secondary Education with the Bradley County Schools system.
Bradley County Sheriff’s deputies and other SROs along with Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency officials along with Scotty Hernandez, school system security coordinator, rushed to the scene and were there within minutes of the notification.
According to Glasscock, officials placed the school on lockdown per policy.
“When officers arrived, they determined that the person in question was in fact an employee of Bradley County Schools who was mistakenly thought to be a threat to the school. The supposed weapon was actually the workman’s drill,” said Glasscock.
“The safety of Bradley County’s students is paramount. School lockdown procedures are a crucial element in ensuring our students’ protection. Walker Valley’s staff and administrators are commended for practicing and following clear, systematic steps in this emergency situation,” added Glasscock.
Deputies along with Charleston Police Department also responded to Charleston Elementary School on standby.
n Cleveland Police detectives are searching for a suspect they believe is responsible for several motorcycle thefts recently.
Jeremy “Worm” Gyurnek is wanted for questioning, according to Sgt. Bill Parks of Cleveland Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Gyurnek also has two outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Parks and detective Matt Jenkins have been involved in investigating a number of recent motorcycle thefts. According to Jenkins, stolen motorcycles are classified as sport bikes.
A report filed with officer Jennifer McGuire indicated someone attempted to take a motorcycle from a Central Avenue address Wednesday morning.
The victim reported he saw someone loading his motorcycle onto a trailer. When the victim attempted to approach the suspect and two accomplices, the men jumped in their vehicle and fled. The motorcycle they were allegedly attempting to take fell off the trailer.
Detectives believed Gyurnek is a suspect in the case, according to Jenkins and Parks.
Parks and other officers searched several locations Wednesday in an attempt to locate Gyurnek, but were unsuccessful.
Anyone having information regarding Gyurnek’s whereabouts is asked to contact CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division at 559-3321.