Three school buildings in Alexandria were locked down Thursday due to an anonymous threat, school officials say.
Alexandria City High School, including the King Street and Minnie Howard campuses, was closed first, Alexandria City public schools announced before 8 a.m.
The school district announced after 10 a.m. that Francis C. Hammond Middle School was also closed. The school district announced that this lock was lifted at 10:45 a.m.
Police said they received a call about a middle school shooting around 9:30 am.
“The officers ransacked the school and found that the call was unfounded. A student was taken to the hospital after suffering a medical incident while raiding the school, ”police said.
The high school will have an asynchronous study day on October 14, according to an announcement on its website.
Alexandria police are investigating the threat to determine its credibility, school officials said.
Alexandria City High School was locked down a little over a week ago, on October 6, after a student was found with a gun, the school said. Sources told News4 that it was a fully loaded gun.
The second lockdown comes a day after Alexandria City Council voted to temporarily reinstate school resource officers in middle and high schools after hours of heated debates that frustrated the city’s mayor. The council voted 4 to 3 to send the uniformed police back to schools by the end of the school year.
A decision last spring removed SROs from schools this school year. Funding has been reallocated to mental health programs. Some parents and educators successfully argued that fall that officials in schools were indispensable.
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