Perry Middle School and Perry High School were on lockdown Wednesday afternoon for 12 minutes while local police searched for an armed suspect near the schools.
The schools were placed under lockdown at about 1:50 p.m., after school resource officers were alerted that a man with a gun had eluded police on foot, following a traffic stop on Interstate 75 conducted by law enforcement from Peach County, Police Chief George Potter said.
Perry police received a tip the suspect was spotted near the intersection of Perry Parkway and Macon Road near the schools.
The suspect was not found in the area, Potter said.
The lockdown ended at 2:02 p.m., according to a note from Perry Middle School principal Thomas Moore, who also said school was dismissed on schedule.
“There was no proof there was a suspect in the area,” said school system spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin. “It was strictly precautionary. No one was ever on campus. We wanted to make sure every student was safe.”