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Local high school evacuated because of bathroom fire, then later locked down after gun scare

Police responded to the school early Friday afternoon.
Police responded to the school early Friday afternoon.(Eric Franklin)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 10:30 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 2:16 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - Ellison High School in Killeen, which was evacuated Friday morning because of a restroom fire, was locked down Friday afternoon following an unfounded rumor about a student with a gun.

“Ellison High School is no longer on a lockdown Killeen police have given the all clear and no weapon was found on our campus,” district spokeswoman Taina Maya said.

Police responded to reports of fights at the school early Friday afternoon, and a district tweet indicated there was a rumor of a student with a gun.

The fire broke out just after 9:10 a.m. Friday.

The cause has not been determined.

Students and staff remained outside until firefighters gave an all clear.

Parents were notified just before 9:25 a.m. through the district’s mass communication system.

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