TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Talladega County Schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey said the system is dedicated to keeping students safe during stressful and potentially dangerous situations, such as the one that unfolded Tuesday at Lincoln Elementary School.

According to Lacey, the proper protocol was enacted after Lincoln Elementary was placed on lockdown for approximately an hour. She said the system’s reaction included a timely notification of parents.

“We have an automated phone system which notifies parents of the situation at hand.” Lacey said. “The alert was sent out promptly to parents during the lockdown, and our students’ safety is always our first priority.”

The school went into its lockdown procedure after an unidentified male somehow got into the building undetected and entered an empty classroom.

The man fled after being approached by a LES teacher.

Lacey noted that several personal items were reported stolen following the incident, but no school property was damaged or taken.

Additional details are unknown at this time, and the incident is still under investigation.