Richmond Police respond to series of unfounded school shooting calls

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are investigating after officers responded to multiple calls for school shootings on Tuesday. The calls caused major concern for local parents.

f40207e7f1d54919b5cb568920fed144“I was interested because so much is happening, I never thought anything would happen here, but you never know,” said Marie Hunter, the godparent of a student at John Marshall High School.

One of those calls claimed a student was shot inside of school John Marshall High School, and another claimed a student was shot outside of the school in the parking lot. All of the calls and claims have been ruled unfounded and there are no victims or injuries.

While police were investigating, John Marshall High School and Henderson Middle School were placed on temporary lockdown.

Later in the morning, there was also a call that reported a shooting in the 3900 block of West Broad Street near Charterhouse School. Police found a teeage male at Charterhouse was responsible for all of the calls. That teen suffers from a disability and has not been charged.

Kenita Bowers with Richmond Public Schools responded to the reports saying the safety and well-being of their students are always their top priority.

“Whenever there is an incident that occurs inside of or in the surrounding areas of our schools that could potentially endanger our students, our administrators follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that our buildings remain a safe learning environment,” Bowers said. “As always, parents and guardians can contact the main office of their child’s school for more details on our safety policies and procedures.”

Richmond Police are still investigating into who was making the false claims.

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