(Update from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office: Forest High School has been cleared and is now back to normal operations. Deputies are continuing to investigate the incident.)
Forest High School was placed on a precautionary lockdown on Friday morning after a firearm was located inside a restroom.
According to a social media post from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), law enforcement and school officials have placed the students on lockdown so that deputies can thoroughly search the premises to ensure that there are no further threats to the students and school staff.
“Parents, please do not respond to pick up your child,” stated MCSO on its Facebook webpage. School officials and MCSO will notify parents once Forest High School has been deemed clear and safe.
Forest High School is located at 5000 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office stated that more information regarding this incident will be provided as soon as it becomes available.