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School lockdown order lifted

Letcher County Central High School was ordered locked down this morning after rumors began circulating about an intoxicated man with a gun being near school grounds. The lockdown order has since been lifted.

The situation began unfolding this morning after two motorists reported seeing an intoxicated man walking near the traffic lights at Ermine around 8 a.m. Police searched the high school grounds and patrolled the area.

“Where it was so close to LCCHS and there was a rumor someone saw a gun, the school was placed on lockdown,” said Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Eugene Slone. “Everybody is okay.”

Although Slone said a man was seen walking in Ermine and that he may have been inebriated, it was not confirmed that the man had a gun.

“A person was not found,” said Slone.

Students began sending text messages via their cell phones to their parents shortly after the school was placed on lockdown and parents began to worry.

The lockdown order was lifted around 10 a.m. after the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department and Whitesburg Police Department completed their search.

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