GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Three schools in Goochland County were placed on lockdown after a threatening message was sent to Goochland High School.
Goochland High School and Middle School were placed on full lockdowns after a “threatening text message” was sent to someone at the high school.
Andy Armstrong, Interim Superintendent for Goochland County Public Schools said at about 10:30 one of the staff members at the high school received a text message from an unknown number saying “I have a gun” and “I’m going to shoot people.” The text also stated that the sender was inside the school building.
According to the school division, there was no active situation, but Goochland Middle School and High School were placed on lockdown while the Goochland Sheriff’s Office investigated “due to the language in the text.”
Sheriff’s Deputies and K9 units searched each classroom along with school staff.
Goochland Elementary School, which is located nearby, was not placed on full lockdown, but was placed on “hold,” with all students kept inside while the situation is investigated.
No contraband or weapons were discovered, according to Armstrong.
Goochland Middle School and High School resumed operations at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Students were dismissed at 3:30 p.m. as usual, and all students were given lunch, according to Goochland Schools.
Goochland Middle and High Schools will also be closed on Friday, May 12.
School staff debriefed immediately after school and will be updating families later in the evening.
The Sheriff’s Office has also been following leads on the original text message.