Police: BB gun found near Churchland High School

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A BB gun was found near Churchland High School Tuesday, according to police.

The school was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning amid separate reports of a threat and a possible weapon at the school.

Cherise Newsome with Portsmouth Public Schools says there was a report of a threat received Monday.

Portsmouth police spokesperson Misty Holley says they decided to increase police presence at the school as a result. Holley tells WAVY.com the threat was made on social media.

Newsome says the school was placed on lockdown Tuesday after there was a report of a possible weapon at the school. She says the two reports are not related.

Police and school administrators conducted a safety sweep of the building on Tuesday.

Parents of students were notified of the threat Monday night and of the lockdown on Tuesday, Newsome says.

Holley says the BB gun was found near the school and not inside.

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