Van Wert placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon

Polk School District officials report that Van Wert Elementary School in Rockmart was placed on temporary lockdown Thursday afternoon.

According to an alert sent out by the Polk School District communications office, Van Wert was placed on lockdown status due to Polk County Police pursuing a suspect in the area.

School officials stressed that at no time were there any children in danger.

No word on the suspect or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

We are awaiting word from the Polk County Police Department on the situation.