From the Orange County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATED at NOON: The LOCKDOWN has been lifted,” said OCSO Master Deputy Tejada-Monforte in an email statement. “Deputies investigated and have cleared the school. NO weapon was found. School administrators have taken over the school and would be operating within their normal schedule.   As always, safety is our top priority. We thank everyone for their patience during the lockdown.”

Earlier, Wekiva High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning due to a report of a student with a weapon on campus. Parents were informed by the school that the student was identified and all students and staff are safe.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said a school resource officer on campus responded to a report of a possible student with a firearm just before 7:30 a.m. Deputies said the student was located and no firearm was found.

Wekiva principal Michelle Erickson released this statement to the parents of Wekiva students by a recorded phone message:

“Wekiva High School parents, this is principal Michelle Erickson, calling to inform you that our school has been placed on a LOCKDOWN due to a report of a student with a possible weapon on campus. Law enforcement and District Police have identified the student. All students and staff are safe. Parents, please remember that during a LOCKDOWN no one will be allowed on or off campus. I want to assure you that we take these matters very seriously and please know the safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority. Disciplinary action will be handed out according to the Code of Student Conduct up to and including expulsion and arrest. Parents, I want to thank you for your continued support and ask that you please assist us in talking to your child about making good choices.  I will be sure to update you once the LOCKDOWN is lifted. If you have any questions please contact the school. Thank you for listening.”

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