Alleged threat from parent causes lockdown at Adamsville Elementary

UPDATE, 6 p.m., MARCH 5 -- Regarding an alleged threat made by a parent to kill their own child, a student at Adamsville Elementary School, McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck said there is “no reason at this time to believe an actual threat was made.”

The parent who allegedly made the threat “had no weapons or access to weapons, so even if a threat was made, it would have been difficult for him to carry out.”

Buck said the incident began during a heated argument between the parent and his mother, which was witnessed by a male acquaintance of the mother. The acquaintance and the parent both made multiple calls to McNairy County E-911, and it was the acquaintance who said the parent made the threat, Buck explained.

The parent who was arrested reported to 911 that his mother was being held hostage by the acquaintance, which Buck said was determined to be false.

“We’re going to respond to every one of these calls and we’re going to be thorough. Everyone was responsive, everyone did their job, and we grabbed him up quick – but it’s looking more and more like an argument that got out of control.”

Buck added that the parent who was arrested is being held at the McNairy County Jail on a possible abuse of 911 charge, and that he has received a mental health evaluation. He is expected to be transferred to a mental health facility.

“I think he needs a little help, and we’re going to get him help. We have determined no students or schools were in danger, and the incident remains under investigation,” Buck said.

MARCH 5– Adamsville Elementary School was placed on lockdown at approximately 10:15 this morning after a parent of a student there allegedly made threats that he was going to kill his child, according to authorities.

After receiving word of the threat, Adamsville Police Department officers immediately went to the school to secure it and place it on lockdown.

The parent “made threats regarding his minor child that was in the elementary school. The report we gathered was that he was going to kill him,” said Adamsville Assistant Police Chief Daniel Vandiver, who explained that he and Police Chief Jerry Christopher secured the building.

Vandiver added that while he and Christopher were securing the school, Adamsville Officer Johnny Deloit attempted to make contact with the parent who allegedly made the threat.


Vandiver said the parent then called 911 from an address in Stantonville, and reported that his mother was being held hostage at another address.

McNairy County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to that address and arrested the parent who called 911 without incident, Vandiver said.

Following the arrest of the parent, McNairy County Schools has reported on its Facebook page “all students are safe and the lockdown has been removed.”

Possible charges regarding the parent are still being assessed at this time.

This is a developing story.

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