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All clear given at Western High School after false report of shooting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Western High School was placed on lockdown Friday morning after a call to police reporting a shooting -- a report that later turned out to be a hoax, according to a spokesman for the Shively Police Department.

Since then, the all-clear has been issued, according to Col. Carl Yates of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Shively Police Department Sgt. Josh Myers says someone called police this morning to report a shooting on school property.

Col.Yates tells us that the call came in to the police radio room, and reported an active shooter. As a result, several law enforcement agencies converged on the school to investigate.

According to JCPS spokeswoman Bonnie Hackbarth, JCPS security received a call from a school resource officer that there was an active shooter at Western High School. They immediately called police and placed the school on lockdown, as well as nearby Waller-Williams Environmental, as a precaution.

No injuries have been reported, Sgt. Myers now says the call has been determined to be a hoax. Myers says appropriate action will be taken as soon as the originator of the hoax has been identified.

"There have been no shots fired," said Sgt. Myers. "There have been no shots fired. There are no injuries as a result of any kind of weapon or any type of shots fired. So all students inside the building are safe."

The whole incident left many parents understandably shaken.

"She was just telling me that they are telling her to stay in a closet and not to come out until they hear a bell," said parent Misty Woodcock. "She said that they just told them that there was an active shooter on the campus, but they don’t know where it’s at and what’s going on. But basically just to stay in a closet. Then she just kept saying, ‘I’m scared. I want to go home.’ I just kept telling her to keep praying and to stay down."

"How are you feeling right now?" asked WDRB's Lawrence Smith.

"Nervous," Woodcock said, her voice cracking. "Scared."

Rockford Lane Baptist Church became a meeting place for parents and Shively Police as the incident unfolded.

"We’re going to get an all clear," said Ronnie Vittitoe, a Shively Police sergeant. "And they’re going to release the students for the day. And you all just need to go west of the school in the lower lot of Western High School, and you all will be able to sign them out there for the day. But as of right now, everybody seems to be okay."

"I mean, it’s scary – especially with all the recent shootings in schools and stuff like that, like this is nothing to play with," said Robin Garner, a Western High School parent. "Like, this is terrifying. It’s too close to home."

In the meantime parents can pick up their children in the lower lot of the west side of the school.

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