The scene at Tuscarora High School has been cleared of any bomb threat and students have been asked to go on to their final class of the day, according to Wayde Byard, spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools.
The high school in Leesburg received a “non-specific threat” just before noon, Byard said.
Leesburg Police Department and Virginia State Police responded with bomb detection dogs, and swept the school for any evidence of explosives, or any other danger.
“They saw no sign of anything threatening,” Byard said.
He would not go into details about what form the threat was made, but it seems it came from a student. “We’re not going to go into specifics because we’d be going into discipline aspects of this,” he added.
The students were not evacuated from the school, and were instead asked to remain in the classrooms.
That concerned Lynn Guntner, a parent of a Tuscarora student, who received a recorded message about the threat from Tuscarora Principal Pamela Paul-Jacobs around 1:49 p.m. today.
“I’m appalled that they wouldn’t evacuate students,” Guntner said. “These kinds of things won’t be tolerated.”
Byard said the school worked closely with law enforcement to determine the safest reaction to the threat. “Based on our assessment of the threat, we didn’t want to put people outside if someone is waiting outside to do something else. The safest option today was to have the students in their classroom.”
Byard also thanked Leesburg Police and the state police for their rapid response. “They really came through very quickly and did an excellent job.”
Erika Jacobson Moore contributed to this report.