Multiple bears spotted near elementary school in King

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KING, N.C. -- An elementary school in King was placed on lockdown after a bear sighting Friday afternoon.

King Elementary School was placed on lockdown after a black bear was seen on campus at about 12:45 p.m., according to school officials. The lockdown was later lifted and students have been dismissed.

The bear was then seen heading toward Central Park near the school, where many students were attending a school event.

School officials said many of the students who walked to the event were being taken back to the school on buses.

Three park rangers happened to be at the event.

An EMS volunteer said he saw the bear back at the school at about 1:30 p.m.

Three more bears were spotted near the Sheetz in King, which is about a mile from the elementary school, school officials said.

On Thursday, two bears were spotted in the Westover Terrace and Wendover Avenue area of Greensboro.