Lockdown eased at Orange Co. schools following suspicious person report

Source: Orange Co. Sheriff's Office
Source: Orange Co. Sheriff's Office

ORANGE, VA (WWBT) - Orange County School officials say Gordon Barbour Elementary School will remain on a modified lockdown for the remainder of the day due to reports of a suspicious person near the school.

A man was seen acting suspicious at the school around 11 a.m. Wednesday. He is described as a white male in his 40s with blonde hair, wearing a dark sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes. He may have left in a blue Mazda car.

School officials lifted the modified lockdown for the remainder of the schools in the district.

Barbour Elementary was initially on a code red lockdown and all other schools in the district were on a modified lockdown, but that has now been scaled back.

School officials say the lockdown is only a precaution as law enforcement investigates the report. All students and staff are safe, according to the district's website.

Unionville and Lightfoot Elementary schools were briefly put on a Code Red when a suspicious vehicle was seen nearby. Law enforcement officials identified the driver and concluded there was no threat to those schools, students or staff, according to the school district. The alert has since been canceled.

All school schedules and activities will continue as normal, according to school officials. They say anyone with questions can call 540-661-4550.

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