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FSU Lab School Temporarily Placed On Lockdown As Law Enforcement Searched For Suspect

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Florida State University’s Lab school was briefly locked down today as the Leon County Sheriff’s office looked for a person nearby. The incident happened shortly after 12 p.m. Tuesday. 

The school sent an email Tuesday afternoon alerting parents to the situation. School leaders were advised by their school resource officer to shelter in place while the Sheriff’s department searched for a person near Capital Circle and Tram Road. That person was arrested and the shelter in place order lifted shortly after.

"This afternoon, we received a call regarding a situation at intersection Capital Circle and Tram Road. Out of an abundance of caution, FSUS was advised by FSUPD SRO’s to go a “shelter in place” posture. It was determined by law enforcement officers on the scene the situation had nothing to do with FSUS and there was no threat to safety to the campus at any time. The situation was cleared and we returned to normal schedule," school Superintendent Stacy Chambers wrote to parents in an email sent at 12:41 p.m. 

The local crime tracker website used by law enforcement agencies had a gun symbol over the area. It’s unclear whether a gun was involved in the incident, but a university spokesman reiterated that there was never a threat to the school.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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