Man arrested after filming near Franklin County High School

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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WDBJ7) – Rocky Mount Town Police responded to an incident at Franklin County High School Thursday morning involving a man on the sidewalk filming the school facilities, students, staff and security.

Two high school resources officers, a Rocky Mount Police Department Officer and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy, responded to a complaint from a school administrator that the man had trespassed and was filming throughout the area.

Around 8:05 a.m., as students were arriving for classes, the officers approached the man to investigate.

The RMPD school resource officer asked the man to identify himself; when he would not, the officer arrested him for obstruction of justice. A magistrate issued warrants for obstruction of justice and for trespassing, setting bond at $1,500, which the defendant paid when he was released.

The man charged is identified as Roger Alan Morris, 55, of Troutville, Virginia.

Video of the incident was posted on social media, which has led to a variety of threats against the Town of Rocky Mount and its police officers.

“The officer displayed professional and reasonable conduct, working to ensure the individual was not a threat to school children, personnel or facilities,” said Rocky Mount Police Department Chief K.E. Criner. “The Police Department will continue to ensure that school students and faculty can safely go about their daily lives. We want parents to be assured that the educational environment will continue to be as safe as we can make it."

Since the incident, many people have come forward to share their support and appreciation to the Rocky Mount Police Department on their Facebook page.