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Tension remains high for students, neighbors after East High lockdown

Memphis Police Department just gave East High School the "all clear" after searching for armed men and trespassers. Memphis Police Department just gave East High School the "all clear" after searching for armed men and trespassers.
In response, MPD set up a perimeter around the school assigning police officers to every entrance. After a search of the school, MPD determined there were no guns and no trespassers inside. In response, MPD set up a perimeter around the school assigning police officers to every entrance. After a search of the school, MPD determined there were no guns and no trespassers inside.
One person was taken into custody Friday from a home on Holmes Street, which is directly across the street from East High School. This arrest was in connection to Thursday's fight. One person was taken into custody Friday from a home on Holmes Street, which is directly across the street from East High School. This arrest was in connection to Thursday's fight.
School continued until regular bell time Friday. School continued until regular bell time Friday.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Department swept East High School classrooms one by one Friday morning after receiving a call reporting four armed men were inside the school.

Officials placed the school on lockdown after the reports came in around 9:30 a.m. According to SCS, the student tip reported that "trespassers may be inside the building."

In response, MPD set up a perimeter around the school assigning police officers to every entrance. Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies, police dogs, and officers with tactical weapons and bullet proof vests also looked for threats.

After an hour-long search of the school, MPD determined there were no guns and no trespassers inside. They then gave the school the "all clear."

"We did not find anyone that was armed in the school. All the students are safe," said Sgt. Karen Rudolph, Memphis Police Department. "We would rather find out that it was a false alarm rather than not have it reported to us and something actually occur."

No one was hurt, but tensions remained high on and around campus over concerns about possible gun violence.

Police say Friday's incident followed a fight that happened on Thursday afternoon either at or near the East High campus. Someone reportedly flashed a gun during a disturbance and sent a group of people scattering.

The person with the gun was supposedly back at East High on Friday morning, according to multiple students, including one who alerted school officials.

"They received information that individuals that were involved in the incident [Thursday] were at school now, and they were possibly armed, and that student reported it to school security," said Rudolph.

Dozens of parents showed up to check their children out as soon as the school's lockdown was lifted.

"It's my daughter in there. I don't feel good at all," said father Zander Howard after the lockdown. "I mean you can't feel good about something like that. You worry about your child's safety."

Some parents feel their children are not safe while getting an education.

"They are up here playing with people's minds, and if it [a gun] ends up going off somebody, can get killed and hurt and you know you never want that to happen to nobody," said student Dan'Nissa Mason, particularly about Thursday's incident. "This day [Friday] was frightening, scary, and unbelievable."

School continued until regular bell time Friday.

"It was kind of like a normal school day after the lockdown, the rest of the day," said student Dontavious Holloway. "They searched around the campus, the didn't find any trespassers or weapons."

SCS officials say East High School has metal detectors.

One person was taken into custody Friday from a home on Holmes Street, which is directly across the street from East High School. This arrest was in connection to Thursday's fight. He was taken downtown but then released three hours later. He was released without being charged.

Officers left the house on Holmes Street with what appeared to be two evidence boxes. Police say they expect to file charges in this case at some point.

Police officially describe Friday's incident as a false alarm. They say they are still investigating Thursday's case, officially classified as an aggravated assault.

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