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Police, firefighters investigate threat at Leestown Middle

Lexington police officers stood by at Leestown Middle School after a threat was made against the school in a 911 call Monday morning.
Lexington police officers stood by at Leestown Middle School after a threat was made against the school in a 911 call Monday morning.

Leestown Middle School was placed on a modified lockdown, meaning doors were locked and movement was restricted, as police officers and firefighters investigated a threat made at the school Monday morning.

A person called 911 at 11:42 a.m. and told a dispatcher he intended to hurt students and staff at the school but did not specify how, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts. Police sent officers to the school, 2010 Leestown Road in Lexington, as a precaution.

About 20 units, including police cars and motorcycles, ambulances, fire trucks and a police helicopter, patrolled the school for more than an hour. Officers searched the building and surrounding property.

Police were looking for any suspicious behavior, Roberts said. She said Monday afternoon that officers were trying to track down the caller and were investigating whether there had been any problems with students at the school.

"If this person is caught and arrested, it will be a charge of terroristic threatening," Roberts said.

Fayette County public schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said access to the school was limited while officers were on scene. Due to the vagueness of the threat, students and staff were not evacuated.

"The police department made the suggestion that we remain in the building in a modified lockdown, because at the time they didn't know where the threat would be," she said. "They said our students were safest inside."

The school system sent a letter home with students Monday explaining the situation, Deffendall said.

There were no reports of injuries or panic. Most students in the building were likely unaware of the situation, Deffendall said.

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