Report of Pending Prison Escape Prompts School Lockouts

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Florence Police say the threats were not harmful to the community and they are continuing their investigation into who made the calls.

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A threat to "facilitate an escape of several inmates" at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence prompted schools across Fremont County to go on lockout status as a precaution while the situation was investigated.

The threat, which was called in anonymously around 7:15 a.m. Friday, was not credible, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. The DOJ says it did increase security measures at the facility, but normal schedules continued inside the facility.

The Florence police department was also notified.

For much of the morning, concerned parents had only vague information from law enforcement about the nature of the situation while it was being investigated, fueling rumors of bomb threats, escaped inmates and school evacuations.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says no schools were evacuated during the investigation and the "lockouts" and "modified lockdowns" were only a precautionary measure.

Many schools allowed parents to pick up their children if they wished.