The sound of gunshots prompted Dickson Public Schools to enter a lockdown Monday morning. 

Dickson Superintendent Jeff Colclasure said shots were heard by a staff member around 8:15 a.m. The school responded by going on lockdown by 8:20 a.m. while the Carter County Sheriff’s Office investigated.  

“There were not shots on campus,” Colclasure said. “We initiated lockdown procedures to keep everyone safe because of shots heard off campus.” Colclasure said student safety was the chief concern. He said the school has gone on lockdown before, but not due to off-campus gunshots.

The staff member who reported the sounds said they were coming from east of the campus. 

Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said the location of the shots were at a business east of town. “Everyone can take a breath,” Bryant said. 

The school was released from lockdown at roughly 10:30 a.m. and classes resumed. Colclasure said the school received many phone calls from concerned parents, but no one had picked their child up from school early.