Worried family member brings gun to locked Virginia college

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A family member possibly concerned about a lockdown at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, Va., brought a gun when picking up his student on Friday, according to the school’s principal, Keisha Boggan.

The family member damaged a door while attempting to enter the school, Boggan wrote in an email to the families of Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School had been taken into custody on the recommendation of Arlington County police following an incident at a nearby convenience store. After 20 minutes, the school was ordered to be placed on “secure the building” status, with students kept in the building and the exterior doors locked. Shortly after, the school was restored to “normal” condition, Boggan wrote. The principal notified families through the school’s alert system of the lockdown.

Arlington County police were dispatched to the store at 12:21 p.m. for a report of assault with injury, a man said. department tweet. The suspect pulled out a hammer, smashed a display case, stole merchandise and attempted to assault an employee.

“Thomas Jefferson Middle School has been placed under secure status as police investigate,” the social media post said.

Later, administrators at Thomason Jefferson Middle School learned there was no threat to the college, and a person was arrested by police at the nearby 7-Eleven.

“Today has been unsettling and traumatic for students and staff, as well as our families,” Boggan wrote. “The safety of our students and staff remains our priority.”

Arlington police were investigating the circumstances that led to the individual coming to the school.

The incident came as the country grapples with a shooting spree last month at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 students and two teachers dead. Several schools in the area have received threats of violence or reports of armed students in recent weeks. Some schools have increased security and a police presence on campuses.

At Thomas Jefferson Middle School, counselors will be available to students when they return to school on Monday. A dance planned for the eighth grade will continue as planned tonight. The principal encouraged parents to process emotions and feelings with their students after confinement. She plans to address the incident on Monday.

“It should be a time to celebrate the end of our school year, not a time when we are paralyzed with fear,” Boggan said.

The last day for colleges in Arlington County is June 16.

Salvador Rizzo contributed to this report.

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