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All students safe in Springfield at Hillcrest High School

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Shortly after 12:15 p.m. on Thursday reports started circulating of a shooting at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo.

Parents began showing up at the school as well as a huge police presence.

An organized evacuation  of students began at 1:08 p.m. out of the building led by authorities as they continue to sweep.

“We want to let you know that there is currently a police presence at Hillcrest but everyone is safe. Springfield police and school police are responding to a 911 call that shots had been fired on campus. However, at this time, there is no indication that that has happened. Again, everyone at Hillcrest is safe at this time.
The building is currently locked down as law enforcement search the building. We are encouraging students and families to remain calm as we investigate this report. When we have more facts to share we will update you immediately. In the meantime, we ask that you do not come to the school. Thank you for your understanding as we respond.” – Rob Kroll, Principal
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