New Palestine school placed on brief lockdown

NEW PALESTINE — Brandywine Elementary School, 413 E. County Road 400S, was placed on a brief lockdown today while law enforcement responded to an unauthorized visitor, officials said.

A person not permitted on school grounds was spotted near the playground Tuesday morning and asked by school resource officers to leave school and district property, said Wes Anderson, director of school and community relations for the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County, in a news release.

A short time later, that same individual was spotted returning to the area of the school, according to a news release. Brandywine Elementary was placed under a brief preventive lockdown while school resource officers, with assistance from local and county law enforcement, apprehended the person and placed him under arrest. The suspect was unarmed and was not believed to be a serious threat to the safety of our students or staff, according to the news release.

All students and staff members are safe and unharmed, according to the news release.

The Daily Reporter will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they become available.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or