Lockdown lifted at Amherst County elementary school

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AMHERST COUNTY (WSLS 10) - On Thursday afternoon, the Amherst County Sheriff's Office placed a school on lockdown as a precaution.

The sheriff's office responded to the area of Learning Lane in Madison Heights at about 1 p.m. in regards to possible suspicious activity. The complainant stated that he or she saw two men, one who possibly had a handgun in a backpack.

Deputies responded and as a precaution, Madison Heights Elementary School was placed on lockdown while law enforcement searched the area.

The lockdown has since been lifted due to no further belief of a potential threat to students or faculty.

The sheriff's office says that it takes these types of calls seriously and approached with an abundance of caution.

The decision to lockdown school facilities are done with the utmost safety of our children and school faculty in mind