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As students were arriving at Munford High School Tuesday morning, a situation was brewing.
Thanks to a student's quick report, a student in possession of a knife who was threatening another student was taken into custody.
The whole situation lasted five minutes, said principal Dr. Courtney Fee, and went exactly as safety plans hoped it would.
"No one was hurt and the student was dealt with within 20 minutes," she said. "Our first priority is making sure everyone is safe and that they feel safe."
Because the students are juveniles, names are not released to the public, however it is understood the two students had been involved in a romantic relationship at some point.
Fee said it was another student who alerted school officials about the weapon, resulting in the school going into lockdown, or Code Red.
"We practice codes and so we hope that if a child was to see that, they'd report it."
The school's administrators and resource officer Penny Barnes work closely together to make the school as safe as they can for students.
In addition to locking all doors, now schools have a system where visitors have to be buzzed in by office staff.
That, however, will not keep students, or anyone, from carrying hidden weapons into the building, a flaw according to parent Cimberly Howard.
" Safety is a big issue, a big issue," she said. "There's a lot of things that go on here. If a knife can go through, a gun can go through, drugs can go through, anything can happen."
Munford/Atoka Fire Chief Alan Barkelew confirmed Tuesday that a student recently set fire to toilet paper inside a school bathroom.
That said, Munford and other Tipton County schools are relatively safe.
As soon as the situation was reported, Fee said, Barnes stepped into action.
Being in possession of a weapon on school property is a zero tolerance offense. The student carrying the knife is now subject to a disciplinary hearing at the board of education. Generally, zero tolerance offenses result in expulsion for a calendar year.
Fee, who was being shadowed by a teacher from Germantown Middle Tuesday, is not proud one of her students brought a knife to school, but she is proud that students followed the Code Red script.
"Everyone wants to go to a safe school," Fee said. "The students went into action and did what they were supposed to do."

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