UPDATE: Wilkinson Middle School students sent home after hostage situation | Photos

The Wilkinson County Board of Education is sending students home from the Wilkinson County Middle School after a one-hour hostage situation was diffused.

Only the middle school is being dismissed early and buses are running, according to the school system.

A seventh grader with a knife took hostages this morning at the school in Irwinton.

Wilkinson County Sheriff Richard Chatman and superintendent Terry Sark were not immediately available for comment.

Come back to for updates on this developing story.