Lockdown This Morning at Paris Elementary and Sevier Middle Schools

Charles Proffitt, captured suspectA man fled from Greenville County deputies this morning in the State Park Road area, prompting a precautionary lockdown of two nearby schools.  Paris Elementary and Sevier Middle schools were under modified lockdown while deputies sought Charles Proffitt Jr, 28, who was wanted for shoplifting and possession of a stolen vehicle.  GreenvilleOnline.com reports:

The incident began in the Half Mile Lake area shortly before 11 a.m. Deputies were searching in the State Park and Altamont roads area, Smith said.

“Just as a precaution we notified the schools because it looked like the K-9s were tracking in direction of where those schools are located,” he said.

Modified lockdown means people are still allowed to come and go but the doors are locked and access is closely controlled, Smith said.

An arrest was made shortly before 11:45 a.m. in a wooded area at Cone St. and State Park Road, according to News Channel 7.  The suspect, who had been hit by a vehicle as he fled, was taken to Greenville Hospital System for treatment.

School lockdowns are a frequent occurrence in the Greenville area, costing the school districts time and money, and causing significant anxiety for parents, children, and school employees.  Perhaps it’s time to amend the law to allow courts to hold criminals accountable for all the trouble they cause when evading authorities.

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