CPD: Threat to Buford Middle School another hoax
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Police Department is now investigating two threats made to two different city schools.
CPD quickly determined Tuesday, September 20, that a report of someone having a gun at Buford Middle School was a hoax.
Multiple schools across the commonwealth, including Charlottesville High School, were victims of fake calls yesterday.
Thankfully, no one was hurt, but these hoaxes still have a major effect on students, parents, and teachers.
“Yesterday’s call was for an active shooter, so that was a little bit more of a rapid response,” Captain Tony Newberry said.
Newberry says today’s call claimed a student was in the school with a gun.
“We first met with administrators, tried to figure out if they heard anything yet, made sure we make contact, did more of a systematic approach because we did not have an active threat,” he said.
Both the high school and middle school were placed on lockdown during these calls.
“It’s important to remember that whenever there’s a report that there’s a subject with a weapon on school grounds, or any other threat of imminent violence, it’s crucial that schools follow their protocols to secure the schools to protect their students and staff,” Donna Michaelis with the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety at the Department of Criminal Justice Services said.
Experts say these situations can take a toll on the mental health of students.
“For parents, it’s important, first of all, to kind of manage their own emotional reaction and have a chance to do that away from their kids. Inviting their kids to talk, and the biggest piece there is to listen,” Doctor Laura Shaffer with UVA Health said. “Just ask kids what they know, what they experienced, what have they heard, how are they feeling about it? And just be there with your child and listen.”
Anyone who needs support can call the free & confidential Crisis Intervention & Prevention Line 434-230-9704.
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