Monroe schools locked down after father enters campus with a gun

Both Monroe Elementary School and Monroe Area High School were placed on a lockdown for a short while Thursday morning to ensure the safety of their students, according to Callen Moore, public relations officer for Walton County School District.

“There was a disoriented adult individual on campus at Monroe Elementary who we felt possibly posed a threat to the school,” Moore said. “So, in the best interest of our students, we placed the schools on lockdown while the (Walton County) Sheriff’s Office worked to apprehend the individual.

Moore, as well as WCSO Chief Deputy Keith Brooks, confirmed that he was arrested off campus.

“All students were safe and both schools immediately resumed their normal schedules once the lockdown was lifted,” Moore said.

Brooks said a father dropped his child off at Monroe Elementary School and entered the building with a gun in a holster on his hip.

“The school advised him he couldn’t be in school with a gun, but also noted he appeared to be under the influence of something. As a precaution they locked the door after he left the campus. We found out who he was and then contacted him at his residence,” Brooks said. “He was arrested and is facing charges.”

Brooks confirmed that Thomas Jason Harrison is charged with possession of a weapon on school property, a misdemeanor, disruption of the operation of a school and Georgia State Patrol has charged him with driving under the influence, expired tag and no proof of insurance. He is currently in Walton County Detention Center. (Please note an arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.)

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