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Officials: Tates Creek Middle School on lockdown, 'no students or staff harmed' (UPDATED)

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Josh James
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WUKY

Tates Creek Middle School has been placed on lockdown, according to a district spokesperson.

Tates Creek middle and elementary schools were placed on what's called "heightened alert" Friday morning after a report of a "nearby incident." WKYT is reporting police have confirmed that shots were fired. Officials stress that no students or staff were harmed, but both the middle and elementary remain on high alert following the incident, keeping movement in the buildings to a minimum.

A second message from district spokesperson Lisa Deffendall said the middle school was placed on lockdown "out of an abundance of caution" — again repeating that no students or staff have been harmed.

Parents are being asked to stay away from campus for the time being. The message promises further updates and communications.

The incident comes just a little over a week since Henry Clay High School was put under lockdown following the discovery of a loaded weapon on campus.

UPDATE 12:30 PM: The lockdown and heightened alerts have been lifted, according to FCPS spokesperson Lisa Deffendall. No students or staff have been injured.

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