Manhunt puts three TN Valley schools on partial lockdown
New Hope High is one of three campuses under 'partial lockdown' until law enforcement give an all-clear.
NEW HOPE, AL (WAFF) -
A manhunt is underway for a man considered armed and dangerous.
Chad Dasher, an escaped inmate from Tattnall County, Georgia, led deputies on a chase after they attempted to pull him over in New Hope Wednesday morning. That incident lead school officials to put three campuses in the area on a partial lockdown. Some parents questioned why school leaders didn't demand a total lockdown.
Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Copeland said the schools have different levels of lockdowns. "We certainly want to supervise our kids and make sure they are safe," he said. "That's our number one priority. We don't want to overreact to a situation, but we certainly want to take all precautions necessary to make sure the kids are all safe."
New Hope Elementary, New Hope High and Owens Cross Roads Elementary were all on a partial lockdown. That means it was business as usual on the inside. Students were able to go to their classes with no problem. The front doors were locked and who came in and out of the schools was closely monitored.
"We took the measures of making sure not that we'd locked the few extra doors that were unlocked, but we actually had supervisors at those doors throughout the entire day," said Copeland.
Had the schools been under a total lockdown, the children would not be allowed to leave their classrooms. "It's one of those situations where I didn't feel and still don't feel that we were in imminent danger but we were just in the proximity," said Copeland. "So I still feel like we've taken the proper steps, we did follow our safety plan."
It's a plan that parent Sherrie Warren agrees with. She has two sons who attend New Hope High.
"I think that if you overreact you're just going to make the students more scared than they have to be so I think the proper procedures were followed," she said.
Copeland said he will continue to keep the schools on partial lockdown until he is given the all clear from law enforcement.
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