Official: JCHS, JCMS closed due to apparent squirrel catcher | News

After a lockdown the night of September 7 at the Johnson Central High School and Johnson County Middle School campuses, Superintendent Thom Cochran said there was no imminent threat.

The closure, which took place while school was not in session, was imposed “out of an abundance of caution,” according to Cochran.

“I was sitting in the board office and I got a call that the high school was closed, and I asked what happened, and they said there was shooting,” Cochran said. “I said, okay, put everything under lock and key.”

Cochran said police, already on the scene due to bus service, investigated the source of the shots, which were heard in the hills behind the Northgate subdivision, and determined after speaking with city workers at the city garage in Ky. 40. that it was probably a squirrel hunting individually.

“There’s no danger to anyone at all, but we went into that lockdown and took kids off the fields and their extracurricular activities out of an abundance of caution and determined there were no active shooters on campus,” Cochran said.