Monroe County Schools put on lockdown Thursday morning

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 12:13 PM EST
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MONROE COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA) -A student reportedly brought a weapon to school Thursday morning at the Monroe County Technical Center, according to a post made on Facebook by Monroe County Schools.

Monroe County Technical Center and James Monroe High School were put on lockdown just after 10 AM.

“That’s when it finally hit the air that we all could have died and everyone starting freaking out and texting their parents.” said a student who wished to remain anonymous.

“My whole issue is the not giving anybody information and then the teachers telling the students what’s going on and then it gets flipped around seventeen hundred different times and causing mass hysteria because the school hasn’t told anybody anything.” said a parent who also wanted to remain anonymous.

Parents tell WVVA that they were not called by the school after the lockdown was initiated, and the first statement they saw from school officials was on a Facebook post about an hour and a half after the lockdown began.

“Just like every parent at James Monroe I have placed my child in their trust. And when something like this happens the school fails to send out any notification to the parents. I searched all morning and tried to find some sort of notification of what was going on when my daughter messaged me.” said a parent.

The student who brought the weapon is in custody and the situation is actively being investigated.

Students were not allowed to leave the school until the lockdown was lifted at 2pm.

The school system released a statement which in part reads, “The student involved will be subject to school board policy and appropriate laws that govern weapons on school grounds, which is a zero acceptable possession policy.  Today’s incident highlights the essential role students and all members of the school community play in school safety.”

Monroe County Sherrif’s office is the investigating body of the incident with help from the WV State Police.