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Cold Harbor Elementary lockdown lifted after security sweep

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

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A Mechanicsville-area elementary school was placed on lockdown this morning, after a threatening note was found posted on a school bus.

According to Lt. Chris Whitley, of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, today at approximately 7 a.m., his department responded to Cold Harbor Elementary School in Mechanicsville. The posted note contained a general threat to all Hanover County Public Schools for March 7.

Whitley said, as a result, the school was placed on lockdown in keeping with normal safety and security response protocols.

No students or their parents were allowed inside of the school until a thorough security sweep could be completed by Sheriff’s Office personnel. The Sheriff’s Office also deployed explosive detecting K-9s.

Following a full sweep, officials determined that no apparent threat existed, and student, parents, and faculty were allowed inside of the school. The school lockdown was also lifted and classes resumed normally.

Whitley said the Sheriff’s Office will remain at each Hanover County Public School campus for the remainder of the day in order to reassure students, faculty, and parents.