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Henrico Police deem Hermitage High School threat 'not credible'

Posted at 11:22 AM, Oct 10, 2023

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Hermitage High School students went into "lock and hide" mode Tuesday morning amid a suspicious situation at the school.

"Henrico Police responded to Hermitage High School along Hungary Spring Road (at about 9:45 a.m.) for a suspicious situation. It’s reported an employee at school received a threatening call. Officers investigated while students/staff remained in 'lock and hide,'" a Henrico Police spokesperson wrote. "Multiple Division resources including the explosive ordinance disposal unit, patrol, and canine worked to clear the school and determined the threat was NOT credible. At this time HCPD continues to investigate the number utilized during the phone call."

The caller referenced a bomb threat and a suspicious person near the school, police said.

"We appreciate the quick response of our 30+ sworn personnel members and professional staff who responded to investigate and assist in this incident,” Henrico Police Chief Eric English said in a statement. "We are relieved this threat was false and continue to ask students and staff to report any suspicious situations. Anyone who attempts to disrupt the education and jeopardize the safety of Henrico's students will be held accountable."

Police are working to trace the call and stayed on campus throughout the day as a precaution.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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