Update (5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2023): The Ashland Police Department says all areas of Ashland Middle School have been cleared after a suspicious phone call this afternoon.

According to the APD, officers responded to the school around 2 p.m. Wednesday after a threat made over the phone that allegedly claimed there would be an active shooter at the school Wednesday afternoon. Police say they secured the campus and began investigating for suspicious activity.

The APD says as an added precaution, officers also secured Ashland Blazer High School and the local elementary schools.

While no threat was found, officers stayed at Ashland Middle School until students had been dismissed for the day.

“The Ashland Police Department’s primary goal is the safety of our community and especially our children while in the educational process. Getting to the scene and protecting our facilities is paramount in this situation,” the APD stated on Facebook.

The police department says they are continuing to investigate and are analyzing information for validity and identifying possible suspects. No arrests have been made at this time.

Kentucky State Police are also assisting in the investigation.

BOYD COUNTY, KY (WOWK) – The Ashland Police Department is investigating after an alleged threat to Ashland Middle School.

According to the APD, officers responded to the school regarding a threat made over the phone. Investigators say no threat has been found, but officers are remaining on scene, and there will be a heavy police presence at the school throughout the investigation.

The APD says they also have a presence at other local schools as an additional precaution.