Lockdown lifted at Heritage High School in Lynchburg after student report

Authorities said all students and staff are safe



Lynchburg City Schools officials are releasing more information about what led to a lockdown at Heritage High School Tuesday morning.

We’re told around 10:15 a.m., HHS administrators were told that a student had concerns after possibly seeing a weapon in one of the school bathrooms, according to LCS.

Officials said the school was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure, as well as to allow the Lynchburg Police Department to investigate.

No weapon or threat was found during the investigation, school leaders said, and all remained safe.

“We are thankful to the student who reported their concerns to school staff.  It is important to encourage students to always tell an adult if they think they see other students involved with concerning behavior during the school day or outside of school,” Austin Journey, Supervisor of Communications with LCS said in a statement.

School officials said that students can use the SpeakUp for Safety tip line to anonymously report threats of violence, weapons in school, bullying, planned fights, student crises, and situations by emailing speakup@lcsedu.net or calling or texting (434) 300-2230.


A lockdown at Lynchburg’s Heritage High School has been lifted, according to Austin Journey, the Supervisor of Communications for Lynchburg City Schools (LCS).

The high school was placed on lockdown at about 10:15 a.m. as the Lynchburg Police Department investigated alongside LCS administrators. Authorities did not disclose what this investigation entailed.

Authorities say the lockdown lasted for about 35 minutes and want to assure the public that all students and staff are safe and aren’t in any danger at this time.

We’re told all school activities will carry on as usual.

No further information was provided, but we will continue to update this article as we learn more

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