CULPEPER, Va. - Investigators say a 15-year-old student with a pellet gun prompted Culpeper County school officials to lock down three school buildings.
Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins told a news conference that an investigation is continuing into the incident, which occurred Wednesday morning. The ninth-grader faces two charges, including possession of a weapon on school property.
“He claimed it to be a firearm. He has made statements about what he would do with the weapon – to shoot other people – multiple people. And he gave specific, clear details of how or what he would do with that weapon, and it’s frightening,” said Sheriff Jenkins.
The high school, middle school and an alternative school were put on lockdown after police received reports of a student with a weapon on a school bus.
While officials said security cameras showed the student leaving the high school, he was taken into custody at an undisclosed location.
“I think it’s just petrifying. I mean, you can’t even send your children to school anymore. I mean, it’s so prevalent. It’s almost – it’s so commonplace, it’s almost expected, you know. Do we need metal detectors and police officers at every school now?” said parent Leah Sisk.
Jenkins says investigators believe the teenager was acting alone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.