Officers rushed to St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, at about 9.30am this morning and promptly locked down the school. Locals said a heavy police presence remains outside the academy, located on Western Avenue. Several students reported the incident on social media, with one claiming they heard reports of a man with a gun walking near the school.
One pupil tweeted: “Our school is on lockdown and we’ve been hiding under the tables for almost an hour.”
Another wrote: “I’m so scared even though it’s probably nothing.”
A third replied: “Omg apparently there was a guy outside church with a air r**** I Just heard someone whisper bc they got a text from someone from the main building.”
Acting Headteacher Matthew Turton has confirmed the school went into lockdown for one hour in response to “suspicious activity”.
He said “all students and staff are safe and well” and lessons will now continue as normal.
Mr Turton said in a statement posted on the school’s website: “Please be aware that the Police directed St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy to go into a lockdown at 9.30am this morning due to suspicious activity outside of, but in the vicinity to, the school grounds.
“This lockdown lasted for one hour when, under Police direction, we were informed to come out of the lockdown at 10:30am.
“There has been, and will continue to be, a Police presence in the area.
“All students and staff in the school are safe and well; please be assured that the safety of everyone connected to the Academy is my paramount priority at all times.
“Education will now continue as normal for the rest of the day.”
The school is located to the south of Lincoln in the Boultham Moor area.
It was founded in 1959 and is home to some 660 pupils.
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