UPDATE: 11:50am The lockdown at Rome Free Academy has been lifted.

Assistant Superintendent Christopher Staats tells WIBX that at no time were students in danger.

Reports of a bullet casing found inside the school this morning coincided with a separate request by a bus driver to have a rifle used during color guard ceremonies put away so as not to be a distraction during the trip to school.

In the interest of safety Staats says that both incidents were thoroughly investigated and were deemed completely unrelated.

A sweep of the school resulted in nothing suspicious being found.  Staats does not know whether or not the shell casing was from a spent bullet but says police are still working with school officials.

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Original Story:

Students are safe and on lockdown at Rome Free Academy after a bullet casing was found just before nine o'clock this morning.

Assistant Superintendent Christopher Staats is directing parents with questions to call:  (315) 338.6512.  A notice on the Rome City School District's website advises parents that there does not appear to be an immediate threat but no one is allowed in or out of the building until the lockdown is lifted.

Rome City School District website: http://web.moric.org/rome/

We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.