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Lockdown lifted at Unicoi County High School; no gun found

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UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A Unicoi County High School lockdown has been lifted. Classes are back on schedule and police say everyone is safe. 

Administrators put Unicoi County High School on lockdown after they received a report of a student having a gun. School administrators lifted the lockdown around 8:30 a.m.

Investigators said they found no gun. 

They told News Channel 11 an elementary school student told a bus driver he thought he saw a gun in the back pocket of a high school student.

The bus driver called 911.

The Erwin Police Department and Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office responded. Word traveled fast via text messages, Facebook and Twitter.

Superintendent Denise Brown used Twitter to say everyone was safe.

As for that gun, the elementary student thought he saw.

The superintendent told News Channel 11 it turned out to be a can of smokeless tobacco in the high school student's back pocket.

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