No active threat at Germantown High School after reports of shooter, officials say

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — A local high school went on lockdown Tuesday morning due to reports of a shooter on campus.

Germantown High School was put on lockdown after a threat was made against the school via a telephone call received by Germantown Police Dispatch.

According to police, there has been no violence on campus related to this threat.

FOX13 was called by parents of Germantown High School students that their children reached out saying the school was on lockdown.

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Officials with the Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) told FOX13 that the school was on lockdown because of a threat made against the school via a telephone call received by Germantown Police Dispatch.

When FOX13 got there, we saw officers going into the building and more surrounding the building with guns drawn.

FOX13 also saw frantic parents on the streets as they waited to hear what was going on.

“Stuff is so crazy now. You don’t know what could happen. So when something like this is put out, we’re definitely going to see what is going on,” one parent told FOX13.

An MSCS spokesperson released a statement:

Officers are on scene at Germantown High School investigating a threat made against the school via a telephone call received by Germantown Police Dispatch. At this time the school is on lockdown. There have been no immediate threats located at the school. We are working with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and GHS Staff to determine the credibility of this call. We will maintain a significant presence at the school as we investigate this incident.

In the end, no active shooter was discovered at the school, but the threat caused panic for students and parents.

“With all the things that have been happening lately, I can understand the hysteria,” Tonya Lyons, who has a son at Germantown High School, said.

Lyons said her niece also attends Germantown High School and her mother called her shortly after the school went on lockdown.

“She called me screaming, ‘You need to get up here now. There is a shooter at Germantown High School.’”

Luckily, no shooter was found. Still, the parents FOX13 talked to said they’ll remain on high alert.

“I will send them to school tomorrow but, of course, I’m going to teach them how to be vigilant if you see something, say something,” one parent told FOX13.

Investigation into this threat is ongoing and officers remain on scene as school officials make decisions regarding dismissal, a release said.