It was a scary morning for parents at one Grundy County elementary school.
Sheriff Brent Myers told NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga that his office took precautions after a statement made by a grandfather.
According to Myers, that grandfather was upset about his granddaughter being bullied at Coalmont Elementary School on Highway 56 in Coalmont, about an hour northwest of Chattanooga.
At the time three weeks ago, Myers said he told a school secretary that "this is why people bring guns to school." The grandfather was questioned but was never arrested and was not charged.
Sheriff Myers described the comment as a statement, not a threat.
He said in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut, more people found out about the statement and it spread on Facebook.
Many parents became concerned and as a result either kept their students home from school Tuesday or checked them out early.
The sheriff called the ordeal an "overreaction."
Parents told NewsChannel 9 they would've felt better had the sheriff's department or the school system given them all the facts.
Coalmont Elementary School was placed on lockdown for several hours Tuesday morning. The lockdown has since been lifted.