Lynchburg Police: no evidence of school threat


UPDATE OCT. 22, 2019, 11:16 A.M.: Police released a statement saying after multiple interviews, the Lynchburg Police do not believe there is evidence of a substantiated threat.

“Over the past 14 hours, Lynchburg Police Department detectives have interviewed multiple individuals with knowledge of last night’s post about a school shooting and have not been able to verify that there was actually a credible threat to any Lynchburg City school.

“We understand the fear this has caused for families, students, and staff. At this time, there is no evidence of a substantiated threat. The Lynchburg Police Department will continue to provide enhanced security at both Lynchburg City high schools today.”

ORIGINAL STORY OCT. 21, 2019, 10:38 P.M.:

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR)- The Lynchburg Police Department said investigators are aware of the information about a potential shooting at a local school circulating around the community. 

In a statement the department’s spokesperson said, “We are investigating this information thoroughly to determine its credibility. There will be an increased uniformed presence at both city high schools tomorrow. We take these threats very seriously and our utmost priority is the safety of our students, teachers, and staff.”

The spokesperson said that if investigators determine the threats to be credible, they will prosecute all involved parties to the fullest extent of the law. 

Anyone with specific information about this threat or those who might be involved is asked to contact Det. H. Blomquist at (434) 485-7267 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

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