Hold and secure lifted after report of potential threat at school

Lucy Addison Middle School under lockdown.
Lucy Addison Middle School under lockdown.(WDBJ7)
Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 12:26 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: A “hold and secure” status has been lifted at Addison Middle School in Roanoke after a report of a potential threat Thursday.

Roanoke City Public Schools says the threat was deemed unsubstantiated. Normal instruction has resumed and police are investigating to determine the origin of the threat.

ORIGINAL STORY: Lucy Addison Middle School has been put under “hold and secure” status due to a potential threat, according to Roanoke City Public Schools.

This is the third similar incident for Roanoke City Schools in a week.

The city is telling parents not to go to the school. Police won’t allow anyone on campus until an all-clear is given.

Patrick Henry and William Fleming high schools were both placed under lockdown Wednesday due to potential threats. A 14-year-old girl was arrested after the incident at William Fleming. Police say the lockdown at Patrick Henry was due to a hoax call that they’re investigating.

The full robocall sent by the school district to parents Thursday can be found below:

“Good afternoon. This is an emergency message from Roanoke City Public Schools. Lucy Addison Middle School is currently on a hold and secure due to a potential threat. Students are currently with their teachers. No one is hurt and we will keep you updated regularly. Administrators are working with police. We ask parents to please stay where you are and do not come to the school. Again, please do not come to the school. Police will not allow anyone on campus until the hold and secure is lifted. We will communicate more information as soon as we know it.”