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Today's school lockdowns unrelated

Three schools in West Bremerton were locked down at 1 p.m. for nearly an hour after a 911 caller reported gunshots had been fired near West Sound Technical Skills Center on National Avenue.

West Sound, West Hills Elementary and Renaissance High schools, as well as the district's administration building on Marion Avenue, were locked down until 1:55 p.m., according to Bremerton School District (BSD) spokeswoman Patty Glaser.

She said the lockdown was "precautionary," delaying school buses on nearby routes for about 15 minutes.

The Bremerton Police Department scoured the area with dogs, finding no evidence of shots being fired, before notifying the district that students could be released, Glaser said.

The Central Kitsap School District (CKSD) reopened school at 10 a.m. after having locked down Cottonwood Elementary, Fairview Junior High, PineCrest Elementary and Woodlands Elementary schools following "law enforcement activity involving an alleged robbery," CKSD officials said.

The incidents are not believed to be connected.

"I think it's probably a coincidence that this just happened," Glaser said.

Schools are scheduled to start at regular times tomorrow.

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