Marion County

UPDATE: Forest High School lockdown ends after firearm found in bathroom, deputies say

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Forest High School in Ocala is back to normal operations after a lockdown was put in place Friday morning.

12:45 p.m. update:

Marion County deputies confirmed that the lockdown that was placed at Forest High School has been cleared.

Deputies said the school is back to normal operations and there are no reported injuries.

The investigation into how the gun got into the school is ongoing, deputies said.

Original report:

A Marion County high school is on lockdown Friday after a firearm was found in a bathroom, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies said the weapon was found in a campus bathroom at Forest High School.

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The school was placed on lockdown as deputies search and secure the location.

Deputies said school officials and law enforcement have placed the students in lockdown until deputies can ensure there are no further threats to the students and staff.

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Deputies are asking parents to not visit the school to pick up their children.

School officials and deputies will notify parents once everything is clear.

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