Glen Allen High School in Henrico, Virginia has been placed on lockdown by local police after reports of a “suspicious situation,” reports NBC Richmond. The school is located around 12 miles northeast of Richmond. As of 2:04 p.m., the situation was reported to be “dying down.”
— juanconde (@juanconde8News) January 7, 2014
Here’s what you need to know:
1. There Was No Gunman On Campus
There was a report of a possible gun on campus, with WTVR saying that a person with a gun may have been seen in the school. Local police Lt. Linda Toney told The Times Dispatch:
We are attempting to verify the circumstances of a suspicious situation but there is no evidence of shots being fired at the school.
2. No Shots Have Were Fired
There are no injuries reported or reports of shots fired at the school. The local police have released a statement:
Around 12:15 PM today, Tuesday, January 7, 2014, school administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon.
Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School,the school was placed on lock down as a precaution.
At this time, there is no evidence of shots fired or a gun on campus, and no injuries have been reported.
The school remains on lock down as police search the school complex to insure everyone is safe.
Police do not have any evidence that suggests the student was ever on the campus of Glen Allen High School.
More information will be forthcoming concerning student dismissal.
3. Police Quickly Secured the Area
SWAT teams as well as a massive police presence are surrounding the school. The above video appears to show a SWAT team storming the school.
What is happening at Glen Allen? pic.twitter.com/IsUexpvHVC
— Josh (@joshandlacrosse) January 7, 2014
4. Parents Were Told to Pickup Their Kids at a Local Mall
PHOTO: More than 100 parents gather outside Cross Ridge shopping center after Glen Allen High lockdown. pic.twitter.com/hTgndlPoPa
— CBS 6 WTVR Richmond (@CBS6) January 7, 2014
Parents are being told to stay away from the school and that kids will be brought to a local mall, CrossRidge Shopping Center, for collection.
5. Police Did Not Communicated With Staff Inside the School
SWAT … Glen Allen pic.twitter.com/Tw0dmE74T8
— Javon Guerrier (@javon_guerrier) January 7, 2014
Teachers inside the school have told WTVR that they do not know why they’re being held in the school. Parents have told The Times-Dispatch that their children inside the school have told them the same thing.