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Parent reports white man, camo vest, seen outside middle school, possibly carrying long gun, handgun, getting out of Ford F-150 truck.
Police lock down campus, search school room-by-room. Man not located, truck not located.
After primary, secondary searches, all clear declared at school. Classes to resume at 10 a.m.
Classes resumed Thursday at Irving's Stephen F. Austin Middle School after a report of an armed man on campus locked down the campus earlier in the morning.
Robert Reeves, public information officer for the Irving Police Department, said a parent dropping their child off for football practice at about 7 a.m. called 911 after spotting a white man wearing a camouflage vest get out of a maroon Ford F-150 pickup truck in the school parking lot carrying what appeared to be a long gun and a handgun.
Police rushed to the school, locked down the campus and began a room-by-room search for the man.
About an hour later, a secondary searches were wrapping up, police gave the all clear saying neither the man or the pickup truck have been located.
Faculty and students at the middle school who were moved to the Pierce Early Childhood School will be taken back to the middle school, where classes are expected to resume at 10 a.m.
Reeves said police believe the initial report was credible based on the emotion in the 911 call and the detail in the description provided to police. He added that all schools have security cameras and that investigators are looking over the footage at the school to see if they can learn more about the person reported outside the campus and confirm whether or not they were armed.
Reeves confirmed that the parent who called 911 said they never saw the person enter the school -- only that he was seen outside the building.
According to police, there was no known previous threat made toward the campus, faculty or students at the middle school.
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