UPDATE: The lockdown has ended at AHS. As a precaution, there was an increased police presence on the campus on Wednesday.
Athens City Schools Superintendent Trey Holladay walked WAAY 31 through what led up to the chaotic scene Wednesday afternoon involving police and students at Athens High School.
Several videos on social media are circulating showing the chaos inside the high school. Holladay said it started when a parent trespassed onto campus and started encouraging students to riot. Holladay said that parent, Amanda Loggins, is in police custody. Students and parents tell WAAY 31 three students were also arrested.
Athens police say Loggins was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
According to Holladay, some parents got upset when their students were punished on Tuesday for a classroom disturbance. They thought it was excessive.
Holladay said all but one parent went through the appropriate channels to file a formal complaint about the punishment. The one parent who didn't follow protocol started what looks like a riot between students and police officers who were responding to the trespassing call.
The video shows officers and students coming to blows, and some kids were knocked down and dragged. The parent was arrested in front of the students, and the superintendent said he's sorry they had to witness it.
WAAY 31 is working on getting that social media video for you to show you the intensity of what happened.
A spokesperson with the school district said when they sent out a notification saying what happened was just a parent altercation, they had only been told by the Athens High School principal that a parent was trespassing and they were on lockdown.
The spokesperson said when a school goes on lockdown, the priority is to get out an alert to calm parents. Since they're at the central office, the spokesperson said they had no idea what was going on inside the school until they saw the social media videos. The spokesperson didn't explain why they didn't send an amended alert once they realized what was really going on inside.
Athens High School is on lockdown after a report of a parent altercation.
The school says the situation is currently under control. Athens Police Department is on site. All students are safe.