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Dayspring Academy was on alert after a suspicious person and package were reported in Blacksburg.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Dayspring Christian Academy, a private school in Blacksburg, went on some form of a brief lockdown Friday afternoon after the school received a call about reports of a suspicious person and package, according to town police Lt. Nathan O’Dell.
O’Dell said Blacksburg police had earlier in the day received a call about a suspicious person in the 1400 block of North Main Street and later about a suspicious package nearby. Though neither was reported to be particularly close to Dayspring, which is located in the 500 block of Clay Street, a parent called the school and told the staff that police were investigating those matters, O’Dell said.
Police never located the suspicious person or the suspicious package.
The school first sent out an email to parents informing them of the lockdown and then called Blacksburg police, O’Dell said. Officers responded to the school at about 2:10 p.m. and determined that there was no credible threat.
Police cleared the scene within 30 minutes, O’Dell said. There is no ongoing investigation.
A woman who answered the phone at Dayspring at about 2:45 p.m. said the school was not on lockdown. She would not elaborate, and administrators with the school, which houses kindergarten through 12th grade students, could not be immediately reached Friday.
O’Dell said he is not sure how long the school remained on lockdown or what the school’s lockdown procedures involve.
“Everyone is just on heightened alert,” O’Dell said. “But we do appreciate them being at that level, taking things seriously and being diligent.”
The news of a lockdown sparked chatter on Twitter, with several users tweeting that they heard “a man with a gun” was in Blacksburg. O’Dell said Friday that information was incorrect.
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