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Franklin High School cancels school Friday after shots fired near campus

A shooting incident near Franklin prompted the school to cancel classes Friday. No students or staff were injured.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Reports of shots fired near Franklin High School in Southeast Portland on Thursday afternoon prompted the school to cancel classes on Friday.

According to Portland police, school administrators heard what they believed to be shots fired. Out of an abundance of caution they ordered a "secure the perimeter" for both Franklin High School and Atkinson Elementary School, and called 911. 

Portland police officers located a shooting scene near the high school at Southeast 54th and Tibbetts. No arrests were made. 

No students or staff were injured, according to a statement from Portland Public School. 

"Today was a stark and devastating reminder that, while our school works to provide a safe space for students, the epidemic of gun violence continues to impact our city," said Principal Chris Frazier in a letter to parents.

Counselors will be on-hand Friday afternoon for students who wanted to talk. Staff members spent the day determining how to best support the students when they return to the building Monday.

"Kids are coming back Monday and what does that look like," Chief of Schools Jon Franco said. "What are the conversations? What do the lessons look like? Cause this is clearly a piece where you don't dive right in and talk about math and science and language arts but our kids and staff need time to process."

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell told KGW he has had discussions with PPS leaders over the last 24 hours.

"We're looking to have an increased presence at the school next week and I've got some upcoming discussions, too, with the school district, as well," Lovell said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call PPB non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 or email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov.

RELATED: After a gun incident near Franklin High School, Portland police took 80 minutes to respond

Earlier this year shots were fired outside of Franklin High School's gym during a boys basketball game, according to police. Officers found evidence of gunshots in the parking lot on the east side of the school.  A juvenile was grazed by a bullet and suffered a minor injury, but he refused medical aid and didn't go to the hospital, police said. 

The recurring pattern of shootings near Portland schools led PPS leaders and PPB to discuss solutions to address gun violence near schools.

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