Gun found inside trashcan at Henrico elementary school

The gun was found inside a trash can at Longdale Elementary School in Henrico.
Published: May. 16, 2023 at 1:57 PM EDT
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HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - An investigation is underway after a gun was found inside an elementary school Tuesday afternoon.

Henrico Police say the gun was found inside a bathroom trash can at Longdale Elementary School in Glen Allen.

Police say while there are no known threats or injuries, a school resource officer and school officials are working to investigate the incident.

The school was put under lock and teach, and students were later released for normal dismissal.

Henrico Police commended the students who notified staff about the potential threat.

Last week the Henrico school board continued its discussion around weapon scanners in schools.

A survey sent out to all HCPS families has now been closed on whether parents want to see this technology in all schools.

Those results are expected to be presented to the school board next week.

Preliminary estimates show the division will likely need to order more than 200 weapon scanners to cover all schools.

The division may need to expand its number of school security safety officers by 70 to staff those scanners.