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Glen Allen HS given "all clear" after threatening message found

Glen Allen High School is currently evacuated due a threatening note found in a bathroom. (Source: Twitter/GAHSPositivity) Glen Allen High School is currently evacuated due a threatening note found in a bathroom. (Source: Twitter/GAHSPositivity)
Glen Allen High School is currently evacuated due a threatening note found in a bathroom. (Source: Twitter/KelseyPhelon) Glen Allen High School is currently evacuated due a threatening note found in a bathroom. (Source: Twitter/KelseyPhelon)
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Henrico Police has given the "all clear" for Glen Allen High School. The school was evacuated for at least two hours on Tuesday due to a threatening note found in a bathroom.

"A note with a concerning statement was found in a Glen Allen HS restroom. Out of an abundance of caution, we contacted Henrico Police." Henrico Schools posted on Twitter. "Our students have safely been escorted to the football stadium which is where they are right now."

"We made the decision at the time to evacuate the school," Lt. Chris Eley with Henrico County Police said. "After the school was evacuated, administrators went back in and checked the classrooms. In one of the rooms, the administrator found a package the thought was out of place."  The administrator thought it might have been a potential bomb threat.  Police determined the package was not a threat and unrelated to the concern. "We actually called in K9 resources from other jurisdictions to help so we could get the students back in the school as quickly as possible," Lt. Eley said.  "So it take a tremendous amount of resources to deal with a situation like this."

Henrico Schools sent the following statement to parents:

Good afternoon Glen Allen High School families, this is Andy Jenks, director of Communications and Public Relations, writing on behalf of Principal Gwen Miller.

This afternoon, a note with a concerning statement was found in a school restroom. Out of an abundance of caution, we contacted Henrico Police. Our students have safely been escorted to the football stadium which is where they are right now. We look forward to re-entering the building when our police partners give us the all-clear.

In the meantime, we do not recommend responding to the school. We look forward to providing additional updates when new information is available.

Andy Jenks

Director, Communications and Public Relations

Henrico Schools followed up with another statement:

This is Andy Jenks again, on behalf of Dr. Gwen Miller, with an update for Glen Allen High School families.

We have no new information at this time.  Our students and staff remain safely in the football stands, or on the grass of the football field, and Henrico Police continue to search our school.  We do not immediately know how much longer this situation will last.  As a result, we are now thinking about alternate dismissal options.

Many students and staff do not have access to their personal belongings at this time.  We will communicate alternate dismissal plans as soon as possible, if they become necessary.  While we do not recommend responding to the school at this time, please be thinking about ways you can assist your student or family member later this afternoon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Andy Jenks

Director, Communications and Public Relations

Several area schools recently have seen an increased security presence as a result of threats. Threats at Goochland High School were deemed not credible, after spreading on social media. Highland Springs High School was on lockdown for hours after threats earlier this month. Rudimentary gun drawings were also found at a Colonial Heights school and two Hanover schools.

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