This story will be live updated as information is confirmed.
UPDATE 1:15 P.M. — Students are now being evacuated to the school’s football field. Parents waiting for their students at the school told KOLR10’s Moran that they will be evacuated to the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds next.
UPDATE 12:52 P.M. — KOLR10 Reporter Sydney Moran spoke to a parent, who said her daughter told her that students are being asked to stay silent and not use their phones.
UPDATE 12:45 P.M. — Springfield Public Schools announced that they are on lockdown — not being evacuated. An announcement from Principal Rob Kroll reads:
“We want to let you know that there is currently a police presence at Hillcrest but everyone is safe. Springfield police and school police are responding to a 911 call that shots had been fired on campus. However, at this time, there is no indication that that has happened. Again, everyone at Hillcrest is safe at this time.
“The building is currently locked down as law enforcement search the building. We are encouraging students and families to remain calm as we investigate this report. When we have more facts to share we will update you immediately. In the meantime, we ask that you do not come to the school. Thank you for your understanding as we respond.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Hillcrest High School is being evacuated as Springfield Police Department officers, ambulances, and fire department vehicles arrive at the school.
“From Hillcrest. There is currently a police presence at HHS but everyone is safe. Please check your email for more details,” a mass text from the school read.
The Springfield Police Department said that at this time, there is “no indication of a shooter” at Hillcrest High School. SPD directed questions to Springfield Public Schools. Our newsroom has left a message with SPS to get more information and we have a crew on the scene.
Springfield Police Department officers were called to Hillcrest High School to assist the school. SPD is blocking off Grant Avenue. Parents picking up their students are being asked to go to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.