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Magnolia Elementary locked down Friday

Lockdown over; False alarm; Safety first

— ALBANY — Magnolia Elementary School left lockdown at 11:10 a.m. Friday after Albany Police Department officers searched the area near the school and gave the OK.

The school was instructed to lock down in the morning after emergency dispatch, 911, received a call about an armed robbery and shooting about three blocks from the school.

The armed robbery call on the 1800 block of Melrose Drive proved to be a false alarm, an APD spokesperson said.

Schools are generally notified to go to a lockdown whenever there is a possibility that students or staff might be in danger, no matter how small the possibility, Dougherty County School System spokesman R.D. Harter said.