Update 1:58 p.m.: The lockdown has been lifted. No weapons were found on campus, according to school division spokesperson Katherine Goff.
“While I know that placing the school on lockdown may have caused concern, we felt it was important to exercise an abundance of caution while investigating the initial discovery,” Goff said.
Original Story: Queens Lake Middle School in York County has been on a modified lockdown since before 11 a.m. after a bullet was found in a hallway.
Lt. Dennis Ivey of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Department said authorities have conducted a room by room search, though further information is currently unavailable. Officers were still on scene as of 1 p.m.
York County School Division spokesperson Katherine Goff said a there was never a threat made to students and that school officials are cooperating with police. The phone notification was used to notify parents of the lockdown.
Goff said a modified lockdown is different from a full lockdown in that instruction is allowed to continue. Students are limited in how much they can move around the building. Goff said investigators from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Department are on site conducting an investigation.
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The message left with parents was as follows:
“This is an important message for parents of Queens Lake Middle School students. Local law enforcement officers are on site at QLMS at this time assisting in an investigation. The school has been placed in a modified lockdown while the deputies conduct their investigation. There has been no threat to the school or students, but the school is taking precautionary measures. Instruction is ongoing in the classrooms. We will continue to update parents through phone calls today.”