Lock down lifted at Varina High School; threat deemed not credible

Henrico police patrol the area near Varina High School on Tuesday. (Source: NBC12)
Henrico police patrol the area near Varina High School on Tuesday. (Source: NBC12)
Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 5:13 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 at 6:54 PM EDT
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VARINA, VA (WWBT) - A lock down has been lifted at Varina High School on Tuesday afternoon after a threat was deemed not credible.

Henrico County Police initially responded to the school after a threatening comment about the school was phoned in around 11 a.m.

"I was worried," said Wanda Woody, whose grandson attends Varina High School.

Woody said she was surprised to see the amount of law enforcement outside Varina High School when she pulled up to drop clothes off for her grandson.

"They had the entrance and the exit blocked off and they were also over here in this parking area as well," she said.

During the investigation, Henrico County Police Lt. Chris Garrett said a suspicious package was found in the main office.

The school was locked down and the office was evacuated. Classes continued during the lock down.

"There seemed to be officers in the hallway banging on lockers and stuff," said Varina H.S. Senior Isiah Garnes.

Authorities said the package was deemed safe, but they continue to investigate the threatening phone call.

"We'd like to thank our students and teachers for their cooperation during this event," school officials said. "Thank you, as well, to family members who reached out with questions or concerns."

Meanwhile, grandparents like Woody are happy about the quick action by Henrico Police.

"There are like there in 2.2. seconds," she said. "Anytime you get any kind of threat you have to be there and you have to believe that that threat is real. Every time. You can't ever doubt it because it may be that one time that you doubt it, that it's actually something real."

Dismissal occurred at the normal time.

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