A high school in Key Largo, Monroe County was given the all-clear after earlier unconfirmed reports of a gun on campus, which prompted a brief lockdown, turned out to be false.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, they received a single, unconfirmed report just before 8 a.m. of a white male possibly carrying something resembling a gun entering Coral Shores High School.
Deputies initiated a school lockdown for security reasons, as multiple law enforcement officers responded to the scene.
After a check of the entire school, deputies say they found no sign of a suspicious person or suspicious activity and the lockdown was lifted.
Classes resumes as normal for the day. Parents wishing to pick up their children were permited to do so, deputies said.
“We are, of course, relieved that this turned out to be a false alarm but it is important we all treat any report seriously,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay in a statement. “The safety of children in our schools and our community remains the highest priority to all of us here at the Sheriff’s Office.”
The school is located at 89901 Old Highway in Tavernier, located on Key Largo in the upper Florida Keys.