GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC)—Henrico County Police say its members did a good job in handling the situation at Glen Allen High School Tuesday.
No students were injured and the student in question being taken into custody without any injuries to himself or others.
"There was telephone communication with this young man by a Crisis Trained Supervisor and it was the skill of that Crisis Intervention trained supervisor that allowed that individual to be convinced to go to a specific location," says Chief Doug Middleton.
Middleton says that location was three miles from Glen Allen High School, a school that was crawling with police personnel and on a complete lockdown.
The school was placed on lockdown for several hours the afternoon of Jan. 7 for reports of a distraught student on campus who was thought to have a weapon. The security measure was taken as a precaution, as police found no evidence of shots having been fired, nor the suspect, on school grounds.
A 16-year-old male student was taken into custody at a Glen Allen residence at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. No weapons were recovered at the residence or on the student; no charges have been filed at this time.
"No weapons have been located during the subsequent searches of the student's residence and no weapons were found on the student at the time he was taken into custody," MIddleton says.
The Chief also says there is no any evidence that the student was ever on school property, leading some to ask was the response too much.
The Henrico County School System says absolutely not.
"You can never overreact when it comes to the safety of students and staff. Period," says Henrico Schools Spokesperson Andy Jenks. "We think the response yesterday could not have gone any better, could not have been done with any stronger sense of safety and security."
The Henrico Police Chief says any time a threat is made, they take it seriously.
"The fact that he was going to go to the school with what was potentially a firearm was enough for us."
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