The shooting on Tuesday came at a difficult time for students and teachers at Stevenson Elementary School, which went on a hard lockdown when shots were fired just about a quarter mile from the campus on North Main Street.
The Russellville Police Department informed the schools and requested both the elementary and Russellville High School go into lockdown.
“It came at a time when some of our students were at lunch and others were on the playground at Stevenson Elementary,” said Russellville superintendent Leon Smith. “That makes it difficult to go into a lockdown, but our teachers were very effective in managing that and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Stevenson remained on a hard lockdown, where students and faculty remain in classrooms behind locked doors, for a half hour. The elementary then went on a soft lockdown, where students and staff can move around the building, but all doors to the outside remain locked, for a half hour.
Russellville High School was only on a soft lockdown for a half hour.
“I think our teachers were all mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day,” Smith said. “It was a scary time for everyone.”
North Main Street near Stevenson Elementary was closed for several hours following the shooting so that the Kentucky State Police could conduct the investigation, but it did not impact buses leaving the school and getting students home on time, Smith said.
“The police had it so that our buses could turn and go through the parking lot at Subway to go around the closed portion of the road,” Smith said. “We didn’t have any adverse effects with our transportation and I don’t think we have any delayed car riders being picked up either.”
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