BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Midfield High School closed early Tuesday following a lockdown triggered by reports of a person with a gun seen nearby.
According to Midfield Police, a person was reportedly spotted near Midfield High School with a rifle around 7:30 a.m. and school officials locked the building down as a precaution. School buses that were not already at Midfield High were then diverted to another location.
Multiple agencies responded to the area to help find the person.
Mayor Richardson said people commonly hunt for rabbits in the area near the high school, although they are not supposed to.
Midfield Police Chief Jesse Bell said students already at the school would start to be dismissed around 10:30 a.m.
Richardson reiterated the move to close early is purely precautionary.
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