Lockdown on schools lifted after reports of a student with gun on bus

Six schools on lockdown after reports of a student with gun on bus. (Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities have lifted the lockdown put on six schools after reports of a high school student bringing a gun on a bus then leaving campus.

During the Thursday morning incident, the schools were placed on a modified lockdown, meaning students were allowed to move within the school only.

The Sarasota County School District released the following statement to parents of students:

Hello, this is a message from the Sarasota County School District with an update on this morning’s earlier message about the lockdown at Riverview and Suncoast Polytechnical high schools, Suncoast Technical College and Phillippi and Wilkinson elementary schools and Suncoast School of Innovative Studies.

All students remain safe on our campuses. In collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office, schools will remain on a modified lockdown allowing students internal movement on campus to changes classes and go to lunch. The perimeter of campus will remain the focus of safety for our students.

We continue working closely with the Sheriff’s Office and will update you as the situation changes. Please do not attempt to come to your child’s school during the modified lockdown, as no one is currently permitted to enter or exit the campuses.

Again, all students are safe and we will keep you posted.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office located the student hours later after he left campus and are questioning him.

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