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UPDATE: Man in custody that forced Greenbrier schools to be put under lockdown

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UPDATE: GREENBRIER (KATV) - Schools district wide in Greenbrier were placed under a lockdown on Wednesday afternoon after Faulkner County authorities said they were on the lookout for a man involved in a serious domestic dispute incident.  The man is now in custody on domestic battery charges with possibly more charges to come.

The man, whose name still hasn't been released by the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department, had two children that attended Greenbrier Public Schools and school officials were concerned he might come after them. 

Scott Spainhour, superintendent of Greenbrier Public Schools, said the decision to put schools on lockdown was purely a safety precaution.

"We got a call [Wednesday] afternoon that there was some sort of domestic dispute out in the county and just so happened that we had two kids in two different schools of the family," said Spainhour.  "For precautionary measures we felt like it was necessary to lock the schools down."

District parents received a reverse 911 phone call around 2:00 PM on Wednesday, letting parents know about the lockdown and that all children were safe with no actual threat to the school. 

But parents like Melissa Saban, mother of three Greenbrier students, said the call lacked information about the domestic dispute that caused the lockdown.  She said that caused the rumor mill to start turning.

"It's great that they're doing that," said Saban referring to the phone call.  "But it's just kind of scary to not know what's going on with your kids."

However Spainhour claims the district didn't even know exactly what was going on at the time he initiated the lockdown.

"We didn't have all the information at the time about what was going on," said Spainhour.  "I certainly didn't want to put out information that was not accurate.  My main goal in the ‘Alert Now' system, the calling system, is to let them know that they were okay."

Lt. Matt Rice with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department told Channel 7 that children were not actually in danger at any point and the lockdown was again purely just a precaution, making sure the man his department was after wasn't going to try and check his children out of school.

The lockdown was lifted roughly two hours after it was put into place.  Parents were encouraged to pick up their children as normal but were advised that it may take longer to pick them up than it typically does.


GREENBRIER (KATV) - Greenbrier schools are under lockdown.

A domestic dispute began off-campus between a husband and wife who have children in Greenbrier schools, according to Matt Rice with the Faulkner County Sheriff's office. The schools were put under lockdown to prevent either parent from trying to check-out their children before the dispute is resolved.

Authorities emphasized to Channel 7 News in a phone interview that all students were safe and were never in any danger.

Parents are encouraged to pick up their students as normal, though authorities warn it may take longer to pick them up than it typically does.