A lockdown at South Lakes High School, Terraset Elementary School and Langston Hughes Middle School around 12:40 p.m.was lifted earlier today, according to a Fairfax County Public Schools spokeswoman.
Local police receive a report that a student with a gun was at South Lakes High School this afternoon. Police said the report was false and lifted the lockdown around 1:13 p.m.
School officials said the situation was resolved in a peaceful and quick manner.
Hughes Middle School’s lockdown, which went into effect around 1 p.m., was lifted at 1:12 p.m. All classes resumed as normal by 1:25 p.m., according to the school’s principal, Aimee Monticchio.
“Staff and students did a great job responding to a very delicate situation,” Monticchio said.
Some parents said the school system did not inform parents and guardians of the lockdown quickly enough.
Parents at South Lakes High School, where the lockdown occurred for 27 minutes, received an email about the three lockdowns at 1:21 p.m.
Here’s more information from social media:
South Lakes HS, Terraset ES, and Hughes MS were placed into lockdown a short while ago while police investigate a potential threat. Police are at the school currently. All students are safe. We will provide additional information as soon as we can.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) March 9, 2018
Lockdown started at 12:40….why so long for an update. Very scary for all involved.
— Molly S (@Mcircles) March 9, 2018
My daughter said they ended the lockdown but then restarted it.
— Heather Newlin (@newlin_heather) March 9, 2018
South Lakes High School lockdown has ended after 27 mins.
— Farrah G. (@Fxdisi) March 9, 2018
This story has been updated.