Increased security at six Chesterfield schools

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Security was beefed up at six Chesterfield schools Monday.  Police were called in to investigate a possible threat.  Parents contacted NBC12 to find out what was going on at their kids' schools.

They are now concerned about what could have been.

"It's pretty scary," one exclaimed.

Police have to investigate every possible threat.  This weekend officers got a call from a third party, who said a former Chesterfield student was angry.  According to the third party, something that went on during the former student's time in school ruined his life.

Monday morning, a police presence greeted students at Bon Air and Greenfield Elementary Schools, Midlothian and Robious Middle Schools and James River and Monacan High Schools.

That security included one officer inside the facility and two others patrolling the area around school property.

Debi Blackburn has two daughters at Monacan High.

"I think of things like Virginia Tech," she told NBC12.  "I mean your mind just goes straight to the worst possible scenario."

Around lunchtime, we're told police concluded the investigation and the extra officers went back to their regular assignments.  A note was sent home only to the elementary students because they don't have school resource officers like middle and high schools.

"We typically do see a police officer up here at the school, which is great," Blackburn said.  "I mean that always makes you feel better."

In a statement Schools Spokesman Shawn Smith said, "This was done out of an abundance of caution; again there was no direct threat to our school, students or staff... "

Monday night, parents were thankful their kids are back home safe and sound.

"If I had known about it today when it was happening I would have been pretty worried, pretty scared," Kelly Rebels, who has a daughter at Monacan, said.

Police told NBC12 if there was a direct threat schools would have gone immediately to the lockdown procedure.

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