High School at RFA placed on lockdown

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The high school at Rome Free Academy has been placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a bullet was discovered on the premises.

According to school officials, only the high school was placed on lockdown around 8:50 a.m. Thursday. Ninth graders were released from an assembly and after they were cleared, a bullet was discovered in the auditorium. Superintendent Jeff Simmons said that the bullet that was found was a live round and there was no indication as to where it came from. That discovery, along with a reported gun on a school bus caused officials to take action.

"We immediately contacted the police department," Simmons said. "We have two officers who are School Resource Officers at the high school. We called police for additional support. We had 13 representatives with the Police Department work with our administration to conduct a search. They searched all 2,200 lockers in the school, they searched every student within the school."

The gun that was located turned out to be a marching band prop.

On a message on the school district's website Thursday morning, "All students and staff are safe. There is no indication of a threat. There is no need to pick up students at this time. Because the building is on lockdown there is no one allowed inside RFA or allowed to leave."

The entire search took three hours and Superintendent Simmons said a robo-call was sent to all parents.

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