HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - One juvenile has been charged after students at Brookland Middle School in Henrico went on lockdown for a reported shooting Monday afternoon.
Police were called to the 9200 Block of Lydell Drive around 1:15 p.m. for what ended up being a false alarm.
The call that led to the false alarm was made from a phone inside Wilder Middle School, according to school officials.
“I thought they were laughing but they were screaming. I saw troops going everywhere. The police barricaded the door and they pointed guns everywhere and told us to put our hands in the air. Everyone was crying," student Nevauh Lewis said.
“Most importantly, all students are safe and there is no emergency at this time. A few minutes ago, Henrico Police received a tip that appears to be a false alarm. Police responded appropriately, but again, the tip appears to be a false alarm and the school day will continue until the normal dismissal time of 3:15,” said principal Nic Barlett.
Henrico police also responded to Wilder Middle School to address the situation.
One juvenile was charged with falsely summoning law enforcement and was transported to a detention center, police said.
“I’m scared. That’s all he said. I put my shoes on and put the dogs outside and I came to get him. I was scared to death. I didn’t know what was going on," Heather Hauser said.
Heather Hauser’s son is in the 7th grade. she rushed to get him after receiving a frightening text.
“I couldn’t think at all. I thought something was going to happen. We hear on the news about school shooters and I thought this was one of them," Nick Hauser said.
Henrico police will have an increased presence at both schools on Tuesday.
Reynolds Community College in Henrico was also briefly placed on lockdown due to the incident.
Officers are continuing to investigate.
Any parents with additional questions should call the school’s main office at 804-261-5000.
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