ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — People in Anderson County attending Friday night’s football game were also counting their blessings after a frighteningly close call.
Friday’s game against Madison Central served as a return to normalcy.
On Thursday, Kentucky State Police arrested Dylan Jarrell. Troopers say he lived around the corner from the school, was heavily armed and had detailed plans to carry out a school shooting.
Police said they were tipped off by a call from out of state.
“I thank God that the New Jersey woman called it in,” said Lisa Vannatta, who has grandchildren at the school. “I mean, she saved a lot of lives.”
Though Jarrell was in custody, Anderson County schools cancelled all classes Friday as a safety precaution.
When district leaders decided to let the football game go forward, they brought in extra law enforcement to ease any concerns.
“As the day progressed, we started finding out more about it and more concern, and at the same time more thankful that it was handled as well as it was,” said Betty Collins, a teacher and parent.
While some worries remain over what could have happened, many people said they’re relieved the situation was resolved.
“I feel a little more comfortable knowing that he’s now in custody,” said student Nathan Metts. “It’s still kind of lingering.”
“I’m happy law enforcement are here to protect us from anything bad happening.”
For many, Friday’s game was a time to appreciate the community.