RCES lockdown turns up nothing, no one

After a school employee reported seeing a “suspicious person” walking behind Rappahannock County Elementary School just before the school day ended Tuesday, the school and sheriff’s office put the school in lockdown mode for most of an hour while deputies searched the grounds.

“It’s important to note that no weapon was seen, and no person, or weapons, or vehicle was found,” said Sheriff Connie C. Smith Wednesday morning, after widely varying reports of the incident circulated on social and other media, including the school-bus hearsay circuit.

Two deputies were on site within a minute of the report, Smith said. Six officers formed a perimeter and searched the woods and the school grounds while students were kept inside, she added. After about 45 minutes, the students were escorted to buses and deputies searched the school and grounds a second time, Smith said, turning up nothing unusual and no “person of interest,” whom Smith said the school employee had seen carrying “something, which could have been a coat,” as he or she walked in the general direction of the bus garage next door to the school.

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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.

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  1. Good Job Sheriff’s Office. Deputies had units and perimeter set and searched thoroughly within minutes. So proud of their professionalism and teamwork to ensure safety of not only Rapp Schools but also the community.

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