RPD investigate possible threat inside Huguenot High

Posted at 11:34 AM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 16:28:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Over a dozen Richmond Police responded to Huguenot High School Monday morning, for a report a possible threat inside the school, police said.

Multiple parents reported online that the school was in Code Red for a report of a gun inside. One mother said she received a text from her daughter at 11:02 a.m. that officers were on scene.

“Richmond Public Schools was notified by the Richmond Police Department that a call came in that someone within Huguenot High School was being threatened by someone with a weapon,” said RPS spokesperson Kenita Bowers in a statement. “RPD and RPS Safety & Security responded immediately and the school was placed on lockdown as a safety precaution.”

Parents started lining up outside the school, hoping for answers, a police airplane circled the area.  Elkhardt Thompson Middle School was also on lockdown,  a protocol typically followed by Richmond Public Schools when there is a nearby situation.

Superintendent Jason Kamras said that no threats were found, and no shots were fired.

“After a thorough search of the building, there was no weapon found and the all-clear was given by RPD. RPS has a zero-tolerance weapons policy and this will be an ongoing investigation,” said Bowers.

Police are still investigating the source of the threat.

Many parents complained that they heard about the incident through social media, and said they did not hear from the school.

Bowers said per standard practice, the school system sends out a communication to parents regarding school lockdowns once the all-clear is given by safety officials.

She said this ensures that accurate information is being provided to parents.

“The only exception to this is if students and staff are in any immediate danger prompting the need for pick up or evacuation,” said Bowers. “This was not the case today and the quick response from RPD as well as the RPS Safety & Security team is greatly appreciated.”

Students were released early following the incident.

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