Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington was locked down Wednesday morning after an anonymous phone call alleging there was a gunman in the building, school officials said. There was no sign of a threat.
Arlington Police said they had found no evidence of shooting or victims. They searched the building “out of great caution”.
Arlington Public Schools officials decided to close the school for the day after the lockdown. Students who walked to school or took the bus were sent home. Students who drove were told they would not be able to access their cars until the investigation was completed, APS said.
APS sent a message to the families that the call came when the students arrived at the school on N. Stafford Street.
“Although there is no evidence of an imminent threat, we immediately cordoned off the building and notified the Arlington County Police Department,” ACPS said.
The students are safe, said ACPS. Students who arrived at the school when it was locked were moved to a safe off-site location.
The day before, DC police raided HD Woodson High School after receiving a prank call reporting an active shooter. The students were safe and there was no shooting.
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