Fleming County middle school lockdown lifted; no gun found

Fleming County's Simons Middle School went on lockdown and Flemingsburg Elementary School students were temporarily evacuated early Friday morning over fears that a gun was on campus, officials said.

The lockdown ended about 10:40 a.m. after police and school officials investigated and "found no reason for concern," according to a statement issued by the Fleming County Public Schools.

The Flemingsburg Gazette reported that Fleming Superintendent Tom Price told parents at the school that no weapon was involved even though a student had made statements indicating that it was a possibility.

Fleming Sheriff Scotty Royce placed a middle school student in a police car after the lockdown, according to the Gazette. The nearby elementary school was evacuated as a precaution.

The school district said Simons Middle School had returned to its normal routine and that "every precaution" was being taken to ensure the safety of students and staff.