Anonymous tip leads to arrest, gun found on HHS campus

Published 2:54 pm Friday, May 1, 2015

A Highland Home student is in custody after an anonymous tip alerted Highland Home School officials he had come to school with a gun in his vehicle Thursday.

Because the student is a juvenile, his identity and details of the arrest have not been released.

Superintendent Terry Holley commended students for speaking up and alerting authorities after learning of the weapon.

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“I just want to say how proud I am of our students at Highland Home,” he said. “We’ve got students that want to do right and care about our campus.”

Thanks to rumors on social media, several parents pulled students out of school Friday, assuming the threat had not been alleviated.

Holley wanted to reassure parents the situation was under control.

“I was there. There were no other students involved. Our schools were safe,” he said. “I’m not saying nothing might ever happen, but we’re going to be proactive when it does. We look at safety at all of our schools.”

Because Highland Home is not within police jurisdiction, Crenshaw County Schools works closely with the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office. The school’s resource office joined a deputy to walk around and ensure safety.

“Thanks to the sheriff’s department and Sheriff Powell for all they have done for us,” Holley said. “The matter has been turned over to the police and the police are doing their job.”