MHS placed on lock-down over campus intruder

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Officials put Meridian High School on lock-down Wednesday afternoon after an unauthorized visitor came on campus.

There were reports the person may have had a gun, but the superintendent says the district can't confirm that at this point.

“We heard the same reports,” MPSD Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter says. “We’re still looking into those reports. I can say for sure that we didn’t have a student on campus that had a weapon. We are looking into this guest that was on campus to ensure that person was not in possession of a weapon.”

The guest did not follow the sign-in procedures.

When authorities discovered the intruder, they briefly placed the campus on lock-down until the threat was resolved.

“We take any abnormal activity seriously,” Dr. Carter says. “So if someone comes on campus and they don't follow our procedures. We like to take every precaution we can to ensure our students are safe."

The superintendent says the situation was handled quickly thanks to help from the faculty, staff and campus police department.

The man at the center of this controversy contacted Newscenter 11 to tell his side of the story. He says he was trying to bring his daughter some food, when one of the students got into an altercation with him on campus. From there, security got involved. He says he never had any weapon.