HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Officers with the Henrico County Police Division are at Hermitage High School investigating after a threat was called in, which was determined to not be credible.
Police were on scene at the high school — located at 8301 Hungary Spring Rd. — at around 11:13 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, according to an announcement by Henrico Police.
Police added that the division is working with Henrico County Public Schools to ensure all students are safe.
According to updated information released by Henrico Police at around 11:33 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded at 9:45 a.m. for a “suspicious situation.” It was reported that an employee at the school received a call referencing a bomb threat and a suspicious person near the school.
Officers investigated while students and staff remained in a “lock and hide.” Following a search of the school’s perimeter, officers determined that there was no suspicious person.
Police said multiple Division resources including the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, patrols, and canine cleared the school and determined the threat was not credible.
“We appreciate the quick response of our 30+ sworn personnel members and professional staff who responded to investigate and assist in this incident,” said Henrico Chief of Police Eric D. English. “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.”
A spokesperson for Henrico Police said officers will continue to investigate the phone number used to call in the threat.
Additional police resources will remain at the school during the day. Police said more details will be released when available.
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