NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man was charged with trespassing inside two Ghent area schools Tuesday morning.
Norfolk police say 25-year-old Desmond Moore first entered the Ghent School on Shirley Avenue around 8 a.m. through a malfunctioning door, but was escorted out of the building by school staff and a parent.
The school called police and nearby Maury High School about Moore, who police said then entered Maury High through a door opened by a student. He was spotted by a teacher, and later arrested by Norfolk police.
Police say Moore, of the 1300 block of Bayville Court, was unarmed in both incidents and it’s unclear why he chose to enter the schools. Police and Norfolk Public Schools are investigating.
“He just walked in, and that’s the one that’s scary,” said parent Lisa Lauderbac.
Norfolk Public Schools say they have taken some steps to keep students safe and unwanted visitors out after Tuesday’s incident.
But why weren’t either of the schools place on lockdown? Norfolk Schools said due to the safety and security of the school’s students, staff and first responders, it’s not able to discuss lockdown procedures.
“They need to do something to keep people out, from harming our children,” said grandparent Glenda Peterson.
Norfolk Schools did say the malfunctioning door was fixed and students were reminded to not open any doors to people outside the building.
Moore’s arraignment was continued until Thursday morning.