ROANOKE, Va. – UPDATE
William Fleming High School students were released early on Wednesday after the school was put on lockdown due to a potential threat. This was one of two school lockdowns in Roanoke on Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, Roanoke City Public Schools officials said that WFHS administrators found out about a potential threat on social media, and immediately started to work with the Roanoke PD.
The school was placed on lockdown around 10:30 a.m. while police and school administrators searched the building, officials said.
Once the school was deemed to be all clear, school leaders said students were dismissed early around 12:30 p.m.
RCPS said the early dismissal was because they recognized the event was stressful for students, staff, and families.
Roanoke Police said that there were no weapons found on WFHS property and that no injuries were reported.
School leaders said that counselors are available if students need support or have questions regarding the lockdown.
Officials continue to encourage families to check in with their students and encourage them that if they see something, to say something.
If students, families, or staff need immediate assistance, RCPS said you can call Carilion CONNECT at (540) 981.8181.
Students at William Fleming High School will be released within the next 30 minutes after the school was put on lockdown due to a potential threat.
Officials assure us that all students and staff are safe.
If your student normally rides the bus, they will be riding home as normal, and car riders and walkers can be picked up at the back of the school off Ordway Drive.
“School officials are fully cooperating with the Roanoke Police Department’s investigation,” Roanoke City Public Schools said in a robocall that was sent out to parents. “The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. Roanoke City Public Schools does not tolerate threats or acts of violence. Please continue to remind your student of the importance of saying something if they see something.”
William Fleming High School is currently on lockdown due to a potential threat, according to officials with Roanoke City Public Schools.
We’re told no one is hurt and students are with their teachers.
At this time, the Roanoke Police Department and school administrators are searching the building.
Parents are urged to avoid coming to the school given that police will not allow anyone on campus until the lockdown is lifted.
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