This is "breaking" as of 12:05pm and if you're following Franklin Today on Facebook, you probably know all about this.
At 12:05ish, parents received phone calls from the district office telling them that due to safety reasons, the high school is being evacuated. Word is now that the school was in a period of lockdown as well prior to this evacuation order. My sources connected with the school district have informed me that police are working with the school district on this matter. I also have received an internal e-mail from the school district with the following message:
"In order to investigate the situation at the high school properly the students at the high school (only) are being sent home for the remainder of the day. Again, no student or staff have been harmed in any way."
Parents are trying to get a hold of their children and they are telling them that they do not know why they are in lockdown or being evacuated. The students are being evacuated room by room. More info to come - stick with Franklin Today for the latest on this breaking news. If you have any information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE @ 12:55pm: Students are posting comments on Franklin Today's Facebook Wall - they are all OK, still without knowledge as to why they're in lockdown or being evacuated. The Journal Sentinel has been in touch and did their own digging and posted an update.
UPDATE @ 1:15pm: The mainsteam media is all over this story - Today's TMJ4 and WISN 12 are now posting articles on the lockdown and evacuation of students. Word amongst students being evacuated range from guns to a fight breaking out at the high school. I have put in an e-mail to Police Chief Rick Oliva and Principal Mike Cady for a more official stance.
UPDATE @ 1:55pm: Thank you to John Michlig for the photos in front of Franklin High School!
UPDATE @ 2:15pm: Received more photos from John Michlig. Thanks for braving the cold, John!