Biloxi, Hancock County respond to campuses after active shooter calls

Law enforcement agencies are investigating active shooter calls that were made in Hancock and Harrison counties.

Students are on fall break in both districts and were not on campus. Teachers were on campus in Biloxi but not at Hancock High.

Biloxi Police spokesman Tom Goldsworthy said a call came in on a non-emergency phone line saying there was an active shooter at Biloxi Junior High. Biloxi, with help from school resource officers and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, cleared the junior high room by room.

They also cleared Biloxi Upper Elementary, North Bay Elementary and Biloxi High without incident.

In Hancock County, Sheriff Ricky Adam said a call came in about 9 a.m. about an active shooter at the high school.

Deputies there also cleared their campus.

“We are responding just like there are people there,” Adam said.

Hancock and Biloxi both said the call came in from a Hispanic male from out of state.

Biloxi School District released a statement about the incident which ended before 10:30 a.m. after campuses were cleared.

“All Biloxi Schools were put on a precautionary lockdown today after Biloxi PD received a threatening call. All emergency protocols were followed, every campus was cleared by Biloxi PD and all staff and the few students on campus are safe. Today was a professional development day for staff, school was not in session for students. We do not believe this was a credible threat and no one was in any danger, but we would like to thank our staff and the Biloxi PD for their quick and efficient response. ”

WXXV will update this report as more information becomes available.

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