Orange County High School Lockdown

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email
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September 5, 2007

Orange County High School was locked down Wednesday afternoon after a neighbor to the school makes a call to authorities.

That neighbor said a teenager with a rifle and a knife was walking through the neighborhood, not far from the school.

Police then locked down the high school just before 3 p.m. Officers searched the surrounding area but never found the suspect.

The lockdown only lasted about thirty minutes. Students were eventually dismissed from the school at the usual time, but with added police security.

"We had to take the threat, if it was a threat, we had to take the situation as if it was real. That's what we did. It has yet to be determined if it was a credible threat or not," explained Sheriff Mark Amos with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect was described as a white male between 16 and 18 years old. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 540-672-1200.

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