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Three Henry County schools return to normal activities after lockdowns; 1 arrested

Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett said a 24-year-old was taken into custody.

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Three schools in Henry County returned to normal activities Thursday after a man was seen with a handgun in the area, which prompted a lockdown.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office said one person was arrested and a handgun was recovered.

The school district confirmed the lockdowns happened at Woodland Elementary School, Woodland Middle School and Woodland High School, which are all located alongside one another on Moseley Dr. in unincorporated Stockbridge.

Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett said a 24-year-old was taken into custody. A witness identified the suspect, who they said was standing near the high school "waving a handgun." Deputies added that one of the witnesses encountered him as she dropped her children off at school.

They said the parent told her children to "duck" as she drove by the suspect into the school's parking lot. 

Earlier, the school system emphasized the students and staff were safe indoors and no shots were fired at any point. Deputies said they set up a perimeter to protect the children at the three schools. 

They said a mass emergency notification was sent to nearby homes and businesses as they tracked the suspect. 

Deputies said the man was pursued in a nearby area where he frequents. 

“This was an isolated incident that started around 10:30 a.m. and was over before school was dismissed and no one, including the suspect, was harmed," the sheriff said.

The suspect, who is suspected to be under the influence of narcotics, is expected to be charged with reckless conduct and disruption of public schools. 

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