Student reports seeing gun at high school

Deputies: No gun found upon lockdown, thorough search

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a Matanzas High School student reported seeing another student with a handgun in a school restroom Wednesday afternoon.

Following the report, the campus security status was elevated to orange, which prohibits anyone from entering or leaving the campus.

Approximately 25 FCSO deputies, 15 Florida Highway Patrol troopers and six Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers secured and searched the campus.

During lockdown, parents were notified of the incident.

Deputies said after the school was cleared of students, another thorough search was made of campus, but a gun was never located.

“I am extremely proud of our law enforcement response and seamless cooperation with school officials today," Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre said. "Everyone, to include the parents and guardians who were anxiously waiting to pick up their students, played a key role throughout this incident. I hated to hear about a call like this on one of our campuses, but our training and ability to inform the community paid off. Our campuses are safe and will only stay that way with young people willing to step up and tell others what is happening. Finally, I want to thank all the FHP and FWC officers who responded to our school. This was an example of inter-agency cooperation that represents the finest in law enforcement."

Officials said they are taking the report seriously and will continue to investigate the complaint. 

Deputies said officials will be at the school Thursday to provide an enhanced presence.

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