Alexandria City High School locked down after report of weapon on campus; suspect arrested

Alexandria City High School went on lockdown Wednesday after school officials received a call regarding a student with a weapon outside of the school building.

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As a result of further investigation, a gun was in fact confiscated and an arrest was made. Officials say the school campus was placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution for student and staff safety, as well as to allow for the APD investigation to be completed.

Once the APD gave the all-clear, the lockdown was lifted. Students were then able to return to normal operations and attended the last two periods of the day.


The student was not in the building at the time of the call, ACHS officials say.

The incident was reported shortly after a similar incident at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington County where school officials received an anonymous call about a shooter in the building.

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There was no evidence of an immediate threat, but police continue to investigate and students were sent home.