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All-Clear At Hammond Middle School After Lockdown, Evacuation

Posted on Jan 19,2018
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ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Francis C. Hammond Middle School has been cleared of potential threats after police investigated Thursday. The school had evacuated students after initially putting the building on lockdown. Students are returning to the building.

Alexandria Police spokesperson Crystal Nosal told Patch officers investigated a tweet posted Wednesday evening threatened a bombing or school shooting at noon Thursday. Police have searched the building with the help of Fairfax County K9 units. Twitter has suspended the account of the user that posted the threat.

Authorities did not believe the threat is credible but treated it as such when the evacuation occured. At 10:35 a.m., students were evacuated and transported to T.C. Williams High School, staying there until police gave an all-clear. The building had been on lockdown at 10 a.m. All students are accounted for at the high school.

"In an emergency, we ask that parents do not come to the school unless specifically requested to do so. This can complicate the handling of an emergency situation. No students arriving from Hammond by bus may be dismissed from T.C. Williams until all students have arrived safely and have been accounted for," the school district said in a statement.

Afternoon classes resumed when students returned to the building. Any student who was released early with a parent from T.C. Williams may return to Hammond to collect belongings. Parents wanting to pick children up early should do so at Hammond, not T.C. Williams.

Source Patch



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