MONTGOMERY — A man behaving oddly around the Barr-Reeve Primary School led officials to take action Friday morning. School officials report at 8:14 in the morning the Barr-Reeve School Resource Officer Mark Bledsoe was called to the Primary School to deal with a suspicious male subject near the playground.
Officer Bledsoe located the man and began speaking with him on the playground. It was during that conversation that authorities learned the man had abandoned a backpack inside St. Peter’s church next door to the school following the morning mass.
At that point Bledsoe in consultation with School Superintendent Travis Madison decided the best course of action would be to have the Primary School Shelter in Place, keeping all doors locked and the office staff on high alert.
The St. Peter’s Church was also temporarily evacuated.
Daviess County Sheriff Gary Allison says the actions were all about the safety of those involved. “We got a report of someone behaving erratically and when he was talking, he was not making much sense,” said Allison. “When our deputy got there he began to make some sense, but he would not initially tell us what was in the backpack.”
At that point there were around four law enforcement officers on the site. They were finally able to locate the backpack and determine it was not dangerous. At that point the male was removed from the school grounds and the day resumed as normal.
“We follow very strict and regimented protocol within our school safety plans,” said Barr-Reeve Superintendent Dr. Travis Madison. “I want to thank Officer Bledsoe and the other law enforcement officers who helped at the scene and insured our students and school’s safety.”
“The school reacted absolutely properly to this,” added Sheriff Allison. “You just can’t be too cautious when you have things going on around kids.”
No arrests were made, and the incident remains under investigation.