UPDATE: The lockdown at E.C Glass High School has been lifted. The Lynchburg Police Department and Lynchburg City Schools are set to hold a news conference to release more information about what happened.


E.C Glass High School, in Lynchburg, was sent into lockdown Monday, after a person with an out-of-state number called police to report a gun inside, according to Lynchburg City Schools and the Lynchburg Police Department.

The lockdown, out of an abundance of caution, may delay afternoon dismissal until after 4:00 p.m., said the community relations coordinator with Lynchburg City Schools, Walt Ford. The district is asking parents not to come to the school building, because students will not be allowed to leave, and parents not allowed on campus, until the Police department gives the all-clear. The district said it will notify parents when they can come pick up their students.

The call came in at 12:59 p.m., on Monday, to the non-emergency line at Lynchburg Emergency Services, according to police. The caller, with an out-of-state number, telling dispatchers about a possible “machine gun” inside E.C. Glass High School. The school was sent into immediate lockdown, said Lynchburg Police, while a search was performed. As of just before 3:30 p.m., on Monday, Lynchburg Police said nothing had been found.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Lynchburg Police Department Department at (434) 455-6041 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter an anonymous tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.   

This is not the first threat of this nature. Similar phone calls have been received by other schools in Virginia, and others across the nation have reported similar incidents in recent weeks, said Lynchburg Police.