2 Alexandria City High School campuses go virtual after anonymous threat

Students at two Alexandria City High School campuses had to switch to remote learning on Thursday after an anonymous threat put both campuses on lockdown.

“For the safety and security of our students and staff, the Alexandria City High School King Street and Minnie Howard Campuses are currently on lockdown status and today, October 14, 2021, will be an asynchronous day,” Alexandria City Public Schools posted online.

On Thursday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m., the school system tweeted that both campuses had resumed normal operations.

The school system said the Alexandria Police Department received an anonymous threat Wednesday night.

“APD is currently conducting a threat assessment to determine credibility,” ACPS said, and there will be more details after the assessment is complete.

Police said students were never at risk.

This comes a week after the same high school went under lock down after a student was found with a weapon on school grounds.

Separately, Alexandria police said they received a call around 9:30 a.m. Thursday about a shooting at Francis C. Hammond Middle School on Seminary Road. The school was temporarily put on lockdown. After a search, police determined the call was unfounded. A student was taken to the hospital after suffering a medical event while officers  conducted the search.

The Alexandria City Council recently voted to temporarily reinstate school resource officers.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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