Update , 1 p.m. — SLHS sent this email to parents at 1 p.m.
At the request of the FCPS Office of Safety and Security, we are currently in “Secure the Building” status at our school. No one on school property is in any danger. This precautionary step has been taken because of police activity in the surrounding neighborhoods. “Secure the Building” requires us to cancel any outdoor activities, exterior doors remain locked and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building. Staff and students are free to move about inside the building. If you have any questions, please call the school office.
Original Story: Students at South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School were briefly on lockdown on Thursday after Fairfax County Police were searching nearby for a fugitive from a nearby traffic stop.
Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said officers made a traffic stop about 12 p.m. on Whisperwood Glen Lane , which is directly next to the school properties. She said she did not know whether there were warrants out for the people in the car, whether they were armed or whether the community was in any danger.
But when the people in car fled, officers chased them by car and helicopter and the nearby schools were put on lockdown for about 10 minutes as a precaution, said Caldwell.
The schools are currently under secure building mode. Terraset Elementary School, located near the middle and high schools, is also in secure building mode.
Reston Now will update this story when more details become available.