"It's a precautionary move in response to a domestic situation," said Greencastle Community School Corp. Superintendent Bob Green. "Given the events that happened recently in the South Putnam School district, we wanted to be safe instead of sorry."
On Jan. 13, all schools in the South Putnam School district were placed on lock-down after a fatal shooting occurred at a residence directly across the street from Reelsville Elementary School. The victim in that shooting was the mother of a Reelsville Elementary second-grader.
Green said while details on today's situation were sketchy, he believed that Greencastle Schools Safety Officer Shawn Gobert had been contacted by local law enforcement about it.
An outside lock-down, Green said, means "We keep people from entering unless we know who they are and what their business is."
Green was not certain how many students were in the family whose domestic situation led to the lock-down.
"I do know it's more than one," he said.
Green said the schools were being proactive with the lock-downs, and that he didn't feel there was any imminent danger to students.
"Our main thing, as always, is to assure the safety of our staff and students," he said.
Gobert, who is also the principal of GMS, was unavailable for comment. Green said Gobert and TZ principal Dan TeGrotenhuis were in the process of notifying parents about the lock-downs.
More details will be released as they become available.
No other schools in the Greencastle corporation have been locked down.