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Parents react to lockdown at elementary school

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An elementary school in Springfield was placed on an internal lockdown this morning.

"We were informed that there was an older sibling that could potentially be in route to the school to pick up a younger sibling and that person may or may not have a weapon," explains Stephen Hall, Chief Communications Officer, Springfield Public Schools. 

Hall says this morning Westport Elementary was placed on a internal lockdown due to a tip received from someone living nearby. School leaders say the situation led them to put into action what they practice.

"Anytime there’s a potential threat in the vicinity of a school we are in collaboration with law enforcement to make the right decision that’s in the best interest of our students and staff because safety is our number one priority."

Administrators say parents were notified of the situation through a text message alert, phone alert, and an email.

"We also want to make sure we’re communicating with everyone that has a connection to Westport and that’s what occurred."

Parents were shaken up this morning after finding out their child's school went on lock down because of a possibility of a gun near campus.

Shashonie West has two kids that attend Westport and she tells Fox5," you hear all these shootings and everything going around and it is very scary especially with a dangerous person on field day where the children are all outside participating in all kinds of activities they have planned today.

It nonetheless, reminded parents like West how quickly something can happen."It’s very concerning. I live less than a block away and I can’t go get my children."

However it was communication that West received from the school this morning she appreciated.

"I’m glad that they did the safety measures and locked them up and I’m actually glad that they’re not going to be releasing till the problem is going to be taken care of."

School officials say authorities have investigated and did not find any evidence to confirm the alleged report. 

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