UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Giles High School after student makes threat involving a weapon, officials say

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UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: Both school officials and family members have shared more information with WFXR News after a student’s threat involving a weapon sent Giles High School into lockdown for several hours on Wednesday.

According to Giles County Public Schools, Giles High School went into lockdown around 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 after a student referenced a weapon while threatening another student and a staff member.

School officials worked with members of the Giles County Sheriff’s Office to investigated the incident, even bringing canine units to the campus for assistance.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the district announced that Giles High School had been cleared, that no weapon was found, and that students were able to resume their instructional day.

“We want to thank the Sheriff’s Department, the Pearisburg Police Department, as well as the canine units that reported to GHS today, for their assistance in this situation and help in clearing the building today and ensuring that we have a safe learning environment,” Giles County Public Schools wrote in a statement on Facebook after the lockdown was lifted. “In addition, we want to thank our students, parents, and staff at GHS for their understanding and patience as the investigation was ongoing today.

WFXR News spoke with several students’ parents and relatives who rushed to the high school and anxiously waited for answers on Wednesday as news spread about the lockdown.

“My granddaughter sent me a text that said, ‘Nanna, someone brought a gun to school, we’re alright’,” Phyllis Wiley told WFXR News.

“Like total panic,” said a parent, Tawana Howard. “I was crying my eyes out and I was like, ‘Please God, don’t take my kids from me today.’ Everybody’s nerves are tore up pretty bad right now.”

“It’s a scary situation and until they start putting metal detectors in schools and doing what they need to do, I don’t know how they’re going to stop it,” another parent, Daphne Daugherty, said.

Giles County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Arbogast says he is not aware of anyone being taken into custody, but he expects to learn more as the investigation into the incident continues.


UPDATE 1:59 p.m.: Authorities are investigating the threat that led to an hours-long lockdown at Giles High School on Wednesday.

According to Giles County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Arbogast, there was a threat made to a student and staff member. School officials previously announced that threat involved a weapon.

However, authorities searched the high school and buses for a gun and did not find one.

Arbogast told WFXR News he is not aware of anyone being taken into custody. He expects to learn more information as the investigation continues.

WFXR News will update this story as more information comes into the newsroom.


GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — School officials say that Giles High School went into lockdown Wednesday morning — out of an abundance of caution — because of a threat involving a weapon.

Giles County Public Schools says they are working with members of the Giles County Sheriff’s Office to resolve the issue.

As of this writing, though, the district says that students are safe inside their classrooms.

This is a developing story.

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