On Thursday morning, the Cassville School District exercised its lock down procedures after receiving notice that a subject left a stolen vehicle on the R-4 campus and fled on foot.
According to Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent, Barry County E-911 notified the school district about the vehicle.
"We initiated the lock down procedures for the safety and security of our children," said Asbill. "The vehicle was located in the primary parking lot and the subject was seen leaving on foot. However, his location and intentions were still unknown."
School maintenance staff members Rick Morgan and Lennis Periman later spotted the subject in the Rocky Edmondson Park, which is located east of the primary, intermediate and middle school campus. Law enforcement officials were notified and the subject was apprehended immediately, said Asbill.
"I greatly appreciate the efforts and immediate actions taken to ensure the safety of our students," said Asbill.
In addition to the Cassville R-4 School District faculty and staff, Asbill extended thanks to the Cassville Police Department, the Barry County Sheriff's Department and Barry County E-911.
The Cassville R-4 School District returned to its normal operating procedures by 11:47 a.m. on May 3.