UPDATE 12:17 p.m.: Roanoke County Public Schools representative Chuck Lionberger told WFXR News the lockdown has been lifted at Hidden Valley Middle School after police did not find any threat.
Lionberger says police still believe this incident was the result of a “swatting” hoax.
“We would like to thank the police department for their prompt response,” Lionberger said. “We also would like to thank our students and staff for remaining calm during this situation.”
UPDATE 11:56 a.m.: The Roanoke County Police Department says officers were dispatched to Hidden Valley Middle School following a report of a person with a gun.
According to officials, police checked the school and have not found a threat.
Police reportedly believe this is a “swatting” hoax, which involves someone calling in a threat to draw a large police presence when there is no actual emergency.
Authorities say this incident is under investigation.
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County school officials say Hidden Valley Middle School is on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a “reported threat” at the school.
According to a representative with Roanoke County Public Schools, all students, teachers, and staff are safe at this time.
Police have reportedly responded to the scene.
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