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Lockdown Lifted at KIPP Academy on Greenspring

A tripod may have caused the confusion.

All students were safe after the report of a potential intruder at KIPP Academy prompted a lockdown in north Baltimore City Thursday morning, the Baltimore City Police Department reported.

Both KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Village Academy (KIPP's elementary and middle schools) were on lockdown after police received a report of an armed person on campus, according to The Baltimore Sunwhich reported a man with a tripod was mistaken for a person with a gun.

"The kids thought it was something else," Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told Fox 45.

The school was found to be secure, and parents were instructed to pick up their children at the Poly-Western auditorium, Baltimore City Public Schools reported at approximately 12:30 p.m.

SWAT teams arrived at the school before 11:30 a.m., according to WNEW 99.1 FM. Tactical officers went from room to room in the school, ensuring it was safe before releasing students who had been locked in classrooms, according to Fox 45.

Greenspring Avenue was closed in the area of the school during the investigation, WBAL TV reported. KIPP is located in the 4700 block of Greenspring Avenue.

Approximately 15 buses transported students to Poly-Western, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The Baltimore City Police Department asked parents to respond to Poly-Western at 1400 West Cold Spring Lane. Police said in a statement at 11:40 a.m. that students would be brought to Poly-Western shortly.

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