VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A large police presence at Ocean Lakes High School Thursday stemmed from a domestic scene off school grounds earlier in the day, according to police.
MPO Grazia Moyers says the domestic situation involved a mother and son, in the 2900 block of Bamberg Place. She said there were no weapons involved in this incident.
Officers responded to the high school, where the son is enrolled, to check on his welfare. They searched the entire area, included buses and the school itself, to search for the child, who was ultimately found. MPO Moyers said the child was uninjured.
According to Moyers, the child's mother told police she saw a gun in his vehicle Tuesday. Officers questioned both mother and son and the weapon in question was just a photograph found on his cell phone.
MPO Moyers said there was never a lockdown at the school, just a police presence. According to the school, though, there was one. School spokesperson Jennifer McCarrell told WAVY.com an external lockdown was issued at 9:45 a.m. as a second wave of buses was arriving at the school, in order to give police the ability to locate the student they were trying to find. Students arriving to school at that time were sent to the gymnasium, which is where they would have gone had there not been a lockdown. The school had SOL testing Thursday. Students not included in that testing were required to go to the gym.
Ocean Lakes H.S. sent an Alert Now message at 10:22 a.m. alerting parents of the lockdown and another at 11:01 a.m. announcing when the lockdown was lifted.
WAVY.com obtained a copy of the two Alert Now messages:
10:22 a.m. message:
This is a message from Cheryl Askew, principal of Ocean Lakes High School.
I'm calling to let you know our school is currently on external lockdown at the request of the Virginia Beach Police Department. This was a proactive and preventative measure after police received information involving one of our students.
Police have located the student and are speaking with him now.
Students taking SOL tests were not disrupted by the lockdown, and testing will not have to be re-administered. Students not taking SOL tests and who had a delayed start of school, followed testing protocol and were sent to the secured gymnasium to await the start of the regular school day.
Let me assure you police and school administration worked closely together to ensure our students were safe at all times. I appreciate your continued support of Ocean lakes High School and will update you as necessary.
11:01 a.m. message:
This is Virginia Beach City Public Schools calling on behalf of Cheryl Askew, principal of Ocean Lakes High School, to let you know the external lockdown at Ocean Lakes High School has been lifted and the school operations are continuing as normal.
This school was placed on external lockdown as a precaution earlier today at the request of Virginia Beach Police, who were investigating a situation involving a student. As this was an ongoing police matter, school staff was not at liberty to share information with parents as quickly as we would have liked. We appreciate your patience; please know that everyone at Ocean Lakes High School and the Virginia Beach Police Department are committed to the safety and security of our students.
Thank you for your continued support of Ocean Lakes High School.
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