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All clear give at Dunnellon Middle School after no threat found

No injuries to students or staff have been reported.



Update: Dunnellon Middle School has been declared safe, with MCSO units finding no evidence of any threat to the students and faculty.

Students who remained on campus are now being reunited with their families.

Meanwhile, MCSO Major Crimes detectives are actively investigating the individual who initiated the 911 call regarding the active shooter threat.

Further updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Children are being evacuated from the cafeteria area, exiting from Chestnut and Park Lane.

A person reported that their friend who resides on McKinney can observe the children leaving the scene along with ambulances and police officers. The police are seen returning to the cafeteria.

Original Report:

Law enforcement is currently addressing a potential threat at Dunnellon Middle School, as reported by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Responding to a call for service, MCSO issued a public notification at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.

According to a source familiar with the situation, an individual threatened to arrive with a firearm and open fire at the school, although no gunman was sighted.

MCSO has urged the public to steer clear of the area and is actively ensuring the safety of the school premises.

Dunnellon Middle School is currently under a code red lockdown as a precautionary measure. Sheriff’s deputies are present to safeguard everyone.

“There’s no confirmation of any injury,” stated Marion County Public Schools spokesperson Kevin Christian.

Dunnellon Elementary School and Dunnellon High School have been placed on a code yellow lockdown as a precautionary measure, Christian added.

A witness recounted, “As I was leaving work, I witnessed a procession of 30 police cars, 5 fire trucks, and 6 ambulances – it seemed never-ending.”

A mother reported, “There’s an active shooter at the school. Code red. My daughter is hiding.”

Someone reported, “My brothers were nearby and heard the shooting near the school. Police with AR-15s were conducting a search in the vicinity and instructed them to leave the area.”

Police ask public to please stay out of the area.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.