Three schools were on lockdown in the Upstate Tuesday morning after a bear was spotted in the vicinity. The lockdown on the Greenville County schools came quickly after a staff member reported seeing a black bear nearby.
Greenville County Schools Director of Communications, Oby Lyles explains what happened.
(The staffer) had observed a bear walking down Frontage Road which is right off I-85 near two of our schools, so we immediately called two of our schools and put them in a lockdown.
Has this ever happened before?
Well, let’s see. I’ve been doing this for thirty years and I don’t think I ever remember doing a lockdown because of a bear.
Lyles said after about an hour the lockdown was modified.
No recess at the elementary school today, but just modified lockdown where people could come and go, but we would check the area first.
Officers from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources were called in to search for the bear. Lyles says, other than that, it was business as ususal. “Well as much as possible I guess. I don’t think they ever did find the bear. But, pretty much a normal day.”
Thomas E. Kerns Elementary, Southside High Academy and M.T. Anderson Support Center were the three schools placed on lockdown.