Kentucky school in lockdown

February 20, 2008 7:43:32 AM PST
Police received a call warning that someone with a gun was in a Louisville school Wednesday, and the school was placed on lockdown while officers searched for a weapon.Police went from room to room at Fern Creek Traditional High School and interviewed potential witnesses, but no gun had been found by midmorning, police spokesman Phil Russell said.

A student had reported that she thought she saw a young man with a weapon talking to two others in the school cafeteria, said Jefferson County public schools spokeswoman Lauren Roberts. She said the student didn't recognize the young man.

Police helicopters hovered over the school, which has more than 1,200 students, and television video showed an officer with a dog searching cars in the school parking lot.

Several dozen parents gathered outside the school. Some said they had received text messages from their children saying they were locked in their classrooms with the lights out.

A nearby elementary school also was placed on lockdown as a precaution.