Lockouts lifted at Lynchburg schools; Galax/Grayson/Carroll suspect in custody

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Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 2:13 PM EST
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(WDBJ) - A lockout at E.C. Glass High School and other schools in Lynchburg was lifted Wednesday afternoon after reports of gunfire in the area, according to Lynchburg City Schools.

LCS administrators report they received notification of gunshots in the area of R. S. Payne Elementary early Wednesday afternoon. R. S. Payne and nearby Dunbar Middle were placed on lockout. Shortly thereafter, there were additional reports of shots fired elsewhere in the city, leading to a lockout at E. C. Glass High, Dearington Elementary and T. C. Miller Elementary.

Lockouts were lifted at all schools after Lynchburg Police gave the okay, but dismissals were delayed and all after-school activities were canceled for the day at all Lynchburg City schools.

A suspect is in custody and shelters-in-place lifted after Grayson County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Schools and Galax City Schools were locked down Wednesday afternoon. Grayson Superintendent Kelly B. Wilmore posted this on social media:

Schools returned to normal operations once the shelters-in-place were ended.

Galax PD had alerted Galax schools about a social media post with generic threats to schools, according to Galax Superintendent Susan Tilley. Police were able to tell it was posted by someone local.

Shelters-in-place were put into effect at Galax, Carroll and Grayson schools as a result of the threats.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office found the person believed to have posted the threats, and that person was taken into custody. The suspect is an adult, but no name has been released.

Laurel Park Middle School in Henry County was also under lockdown for about 20 minutes early Wednesday afternoon, according to Henry County Public Schools, while school resource officers investigated a “safety concern.” That concern was deemed unfounded, according to the school system, and the lockdown was lifted.