'Mentally ill' individual puts two Oldham County schools into lockdown

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By Kenny Colston

Two Oldham County High Schools were put on lockdown Thursday after Oldham County Police became aware of a situation involving a former student and current OCS student, police and school officials said. 

Oldham County High School and North Oldham High School were put in seperate lockdowns Thursday morning. OCHS was put into lockdown first at 9:30 a.m., while NOHS went into lockdown at 10:30 a.m., Oldham County Schools Communications Director Tracy Harris said. Both schools were released from lockdown at 11 a.m., she said.

According to OCPD, police were made aware of an unnamed individual who they said may have been "mentally ill and a danger to himself." Police said they couldn't locate the individual initially, but were made aware the individual was in possession of a handgun and that he had ties to a current student.

The current student attended OCHS before recently transferring to NOHS, police said. Initally, OCHS went into lockdown. When police became aware of the school the current student attends now, they locked down NOHS, police said.

The schools were removed from lockdown after police located the possibly mentally ill person in question. OCPD took that individual into custody on a mental inquest warrant and transported him to the University of Louisville Hospital.

The person admitted to the hospital was an 18-year-old male from La Grange, OCPD said. They also recovered a handgun at the residence the La Grange man was apprehended.

In a statement, Harris said the schools went into lockdown to follow procedure.

"This morning, school staff were made aware of a situation involving two individuals with ties to both schools," she said. "The situation did not happen at school but had the potential to extend to our school campuses. We followed our policies and procedures and implemented a lockdown out of caution."

According to Harris, OCHS was intially put on an internal lockdown, which moved to an external lockdown. North was only on an external lockdown.

An external lockdown means all exterior doors are locked and monitored, with the primary difference from regular days being that the front door is locked for schools utilizing an “air lock” system, Harris said.  Both OCHS and NOHS have an unlocked set of doors that provide entrance to the office before visitors can proceed into the building, she said. An internal lockdown is when students are kept inside their classrooms, she said.

Harris said the school district is appreciative of how the situation at the schools was handled.

"We are thankful for the constant diligence of our students, staff and local law enforcement for ensuring continued safety for all," she said.

Parents of students at those schools will receive a letter today, Harris said.

OCPD said no criminal charges are pending for the individual admitted to U of L Hospital and they wouldn't release the individual's identity.