HOLLINS, Va. (WFXR) – A lockdown was initiated following an incident at Covington Middle School on Monday, Oct. 16.

According to the school district, several CMS students reported that a student was allegedly in possession of a weapon on the property. The school was placed on lockdown minutes after, and parent notifications began.

Officials and law enforcement acted quickly after receiving the report. As a precautionary safety measure, all other schools in the county were also put into a shelter in place.

The student suspected in the incident was quickly located and is now in the custody of law enforcement for further questioning.

All Allegany Highlands Public Schools returned to normal operations after the situation at CMS was handled.

“We cannot commend these students enough for quickly notifying our administrators. We again say that it’s a community effort to keep our schools safe and the quick action by these students is a prime example of that. We also commend the prompt action by our school administrators and law enforcement. We take the safety and well-being of our students very seriously,” said Kim Halterman and Melinda Snead-Johnson, leaders of Alleghany Highlands Public Schools.

AHPS reminds community members to report any perceived threats to students or school staff to school administrators and law enforcement. The school administration and the Covington Division of Police are continuing to investigate the situation from earlier today. Persons with additional information should call (540) 965-6333.