5 p.m. update from Rome City Schools: Anna K. Davie is no longer on lockdown and students were released released from the campus at the regular dismissal time.
The safety and security of our faculty, staff and students is the first priority, and we would like to thank Chief Downer-McKinney, Rome Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for their vigilance in resolving this matter. Also, RCS would like to thank school officials, faculty/staff, students and the community at large for their cooperation.
One Rome Police officer is on campus and will be joined by a second officer after Anna K. Davie Elementary reported receiving a threat via email earlier Friday, according to Assistant Police Chief Debbie Burnett.
The school system’s IT department is attempting to track the threat. Burnett adds they don’t put any credibility into the threat but are taking precautionary steps until they know for sure.
Media release: “Anna K. Davie Elementary, in accordance with policy and procedure, has been placed in lockdown because of a perceived threat. We take all threats seriously, and for this reason we have contacted the authorities and they are on campus.
“School is still in session and operations will follow the normal schedule. However, dismissal may take longer than normal because of the extra security on campus. We ask that parents please be patient and help us ensure that students are dismissed in a safe and orderly fashion.
“As always, the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount and RCS will release further details at the discretion of local law enforcement.”
Additional reports: Floyd 911 reports at 12:10 p.m. that they had not been called to the school.