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Police: E'town schools locked down after false report of gunman

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – T.K. Stone Middle School and Morningside Elementary School in Elizabethtown were placed on lock down briefly Wednesday morning after a student called 911 to falsely report the presence of a gunman on campus, according to police and the superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

Elizabethtown Police Department Spokesperson Virgil Willoughby said a person called the department at 9:12 a.m. and stated in a whisper that officers were needed at T.K. Stone. Willoughby said the same person had spoken with Hardin County Control, the county's 911 dispatch center, and stated that someone at the school was in possession of a gun.

As a result of the phone call, T.K. Stone Middle School and Morningside Elementary School, which are located within the same building, were placed on lock down, according to district superintendent Gary French.

Officers who responded to T.K. Stone did not locate a person carrying a gun but were able to identify the phone number used to make the call, Willoughby said. The number was tracked to a male student at the school. He was taken into custody and cited for falsely reporting an incident and disorderly conduct.

Willoughby stressed that students, faculty and staff were never in danger.

French said parents were notified about the situation via the district's one-call notification system at approximately 10:19 a.m., once district officials were certain they had accurate information from police and school administrators. French said the district handled the situation in the best possible manner.

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