RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Students can expect a beefed up security presence at John Marshall High School Thursday. This comes after a student at the school, and another teen, were charged for allegedly bringing guns on school grounds.
The late Wednesday afternoon scare sparked a code red, or emergency precautions to be taken, at two other nearby schools.
It's still unclear what led to the young men allegedly bringing guns to school property. However, Richmond police say there was an altercation between the 17-year-old student facing charges, and another student, Tuesday. He was suspended, but returned Wednesday with 18-year-old Ki'Yelle Whitaker, during dismissal time. Each allegedly carried guns, according to police.
School officials say that the two young men with the weapons didn't make it inside the school. Security guards spotted them along the outside of the building. Police say security recognized the student as someone who was not supposed to be on school property.
"We have a very competent and professional safety and security staff, who know the student population… So, when they saw that something was amiss, they immediately acted on their instinct," said Felicia Cosby, spokesperson for Richmond Public Schools.
The guards escorted the teenagers off the property. Police arrested each of the young men, who now face multiple weapons charges.
A code red was triggered for nearby schools, Ginter Park Elementary Schools and Henderson Middle School. Buses froze with children waiting inside.
"Those buses actually remained at the school. They did not leave the school," continued Cosby.
The school sent out an email alert to parents that afternoon.
Meantime, the two teens were arrested. The 17-year-old is in juvenile detention. Police say Whitaker is not a student at the school.
School officials say a code red wasn't enacted for John Marshall High because it was already in the process of dismissal.
Sequoya Willis with the Department of Pupil Transportation sent a message to parents Wednesday afternoon saying:
The Richmond Police Department had instructed The Department of Pupil Transportation to inform our School Bus Operators to pull over into a safe location in efforts to keep students a safe due to an emergency issue. All students are safe and secure and currently being transported home. Therefore, your child may be arriving home slighter later than usual this afternoon. Buses may also arrive later to your schools. Again this applies to the Northside and ChurchHill areas.