Major Darren Bolling of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office provided some information on the situation that prompted this morning's temporary modified lockdown of schools in Appomattox County.
Bolling stated that early this morning, members of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a location in Campbell County to conduct a welfare check on a male individual that was based upon statements made on social media.
Campbell County Sheriff's Office units arrived at a location and discovered a letter that contained concerning statements. No specific threats had been made, only "vague generalized statements," according to Bolling.
"To err on the side of caution in today’s world, we contacted our neighboring agencies and other institutions just to make them aware of this. So, as a precaution, Appomattox, as I understand, put their school systems on a modified lockdown which has now been lifted'" Bolling said.
Appomattox County Public Schools Superintendent Annette Bennett announced shorty after 11 a.m. that the lockdown had been lifted. Appomattox Christian Academy and Cornerstone Christian Academy had also been on a similar soft lockdown, wherein students were not permitted to go exit the school buildings but were able to walk freely inside the schools.
Bolling confirmed that Campbell County law enforcement has made contact with the individual and that he is not currently in the Region 2000 area, which includes the counties of Campbell, Appomattox, Bedford and Amherst, and the City of Lynchburg.
Bolling also stated that no criminal charges are sought on the individual.
"We just want to ensure that this young man’s welfare is where it needs to be," Bolling said.