Lexington school goes on lockdown during dismissal; report of weapon unfounded

Fayette County Public Schools

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Yates Elementary School in Lexington was forced to go on lockdown during dismissal Thursday afternoon after it was reported to school officials that someone near the school claimed to have a weapon.

In a letter sent out to parents, the Principal Twanjua Jones said: “During dismissal this afternoon, we were made aware that an individual in the vicinity of our campus claimed to have a weapon. Out of an abundance of caution, we halted dismissal and brought everyone inside the building. We called both the Fayette County Department of Law Enforcement and the Lexington Division of Police and were advised to place our school on lockdown as a precautionary measure.”

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Jones says after the police responded, they determined there was no danger and they assisted with dismissal.

Fayette County Public School officials said late Thursday night that after further investigation, the report of someone near the school with a weapon was unfounded.

Lexington Police say they will have an officer patrolling in the area Friday morning near the school as part of standard procedure, not in reference to any threat to anyone at the school.