Suspicious bag found at Tryon Elementary 

Published 10:55 pm Sunday, May 5, 2019

No risk believed for students or staff 


TRYON—A suspicious bag was found at Tryon Elementary School Friday morning.  

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The bag reportedly was a bag used to store a gun, but contained nothing in it.  

Polk County School Superintendent Aaron Greene sent an all call to parents Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. to alert them of the discovery.  

Some parents did get their students from school, but the school was never placed under a lockdown because school officials said they did not believe there was any risk or threat to students or staff.  

“This is Superintendent Aaron Greene calling to inform you that a suspicious bag was found this morning at Tryon Elementary,” Greene’s morning message said. “The bag was empty and we have no reason to believe there is any present risk or threat to students or staff.”  

The school remained on regular schedule and did not go on lockdown.  

“However, as a precaution, we are partnering with law enforcement at this time to sweep the school to ensure students and staff are safe,” Greene said. “We will have extra officers on site through the end of the day.” 

Greene told parents there is no reason to believe there is any threat or risk to students, but if parents felt the need to pick up their children, staff would assist them at the main office.  

“We wanted you to have this information and will update you regarding this situation as necessary,” Greene said.  

Greene said later Friday he plans to send out another call to parents Friday evening regarding the situation and that extra officers were at the school until the end of the school day.