No threat discovered near Kenwood Elementary

Springfield City School District officials said everything is back to normal at Kenwood Elementary after they placed the school under “secured facility” status for about 15 minutes.

At about 12:45 p.m., first grade students were outside for recess when a staff member heard a noise he or she thought could have been gunfire in the neighborhood. All students were moved inside and police were contacted, according to Scott Marshall, supervisor of communications for the district.

After checking the area it was determined that it was safe to allow students back outside, he said.

The school did not go into a full lockdown, Marshall said.


Police are responding to the area of Kenwood Elementary, 1421 Nagley St. in Springfield, after someone at the school reported hearing possible gunshots outside.

The school is keeping all students inside on lockdown until police can investigate.

A Springfield Police Division Sergeant said they’ve received no other calls about shots being fired in the area, but are checking it out.

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