All clear issued at Southampton High School after lockdown, reports of weapon on campus

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-09 15:05:59-05

SOUTHAMPTON Co., Va. - Police issued an all clear at Southampton High School Thursday after school administration received reports that there may have been a weapon on campus.

Administrators were told that a student may have brought a weapon and contraband onto campus, and the school was locked down as a precaution. After a search by the Southampton County Sheriff's Office, there was determined to be no threat to the school and no weapons or drugs were found.

"Southampton High School is no longer on lockdown, and students have resumed their daily activities," Division Superintendent Gwendolyn Shannon said in a statement. "I want to thank the students, parents, and staff for their cooperation. I am also grateful to the community for standing with our school division during this time. Lastly, I appreciate the school administration, the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, and the K-9 officers for their diligence and thoroughness. They left no stone unturned while searching for the weapon and drugs."