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.