West Bladen put on lockdown

DUBLIN — West Bladen High School was put on lockdown Tuesday afternoon as a precaution.

According to Valerie Newton, public relations and information officer for Bladen County Schools, the lockdown occurred at about 12:30 p.m.

“An elderly lady dressed in a trench coat and ball-cap entered the school when a group of students were exiting,” she said. “The students directed her to the office door — however, instead she stopped a custodian in the hallway and was inquiring about school safety and acting suspicious.”

Newton said the woman was asked to leave the campus and, as a precaution, the building was put on lockdown. School resource officers and administrators performed a thorough sweep of the campus and determined that all was safe and secure.

As a further precaution, the school operated under a Code Yellow for the remainder of the day to limit activity and movement throughout the campus.