HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—L. Douglas Wilder Middle School was placed on lockdown Monday morning after it was reported that a 13-year-old student may have had a weapon in his possession.
A small group of students alerted school administrators, who, with the School Resource officer, located the eighth grade suspect in the cafeteria. They found a loaded magazine in his pants pocket. When the teen's backpack was discovered in another location, an unloaded handgun was found inside.
Parents were notified of the situation by robo-call. A lockdown was initiated at 11:40 a.m. and lasted for about 30 minutes.
The student is currently in police custody, and charges are pending.
According to the Henrico County Police Division, there is no indication that the gun was used in a threatening manner, and the school was taken off lockdown shortly after noon on Jan. 13. No injuries have been reported.
Andy Jenks, the director of communications and public relations for Henrico County Public Schools, said, "Parents were informed by email, and the school made a phone call—a robo-call—to parents early this afternoon, as we were beginning to verify the details of what took place."
School leaders and police say they don't believe there were any major safety risks.
Still, parents are shaken up over what took place at their children's middle school on Monday.
"It's scary; it almost makes you want to keep your kids at home," said parent Jolanda Brown. "Where's his parents? They need to be arrested also … I want to have them homeschooled, because this is not acceptable."
Another parent said, "It's terrible, and I'm glad I'm up here to get her. If them other students didn't call and tell, there's no telling what would have happened."
L. Douglas Wilder Middle School is located at 6900 Wilkinson Road, near Chamberlayne Road.
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