Press Release

Gun Reported at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School

WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
200 SKYLINE VISTA DRIVE, FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA 22630
Mark A. But­ler, Sheriff


Gun Report­ed at Hil­da J. Bar­bour Ele­men­tary School


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Front Roy­al – On Sep­tem­ber 20, 2023, the War­ren Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office respond­ed to a report of an indi­vid­ual with a gun on the cam­pus of Hil­da J. Bar­bour Ele­men­tary School. A stu­dent informed the School Resource Offi­cer that an indi­vid­ual was spot­ted with a gun in the vicin­i­ty of the playground.

Upon receiv­ing the infor­ma­tion, the School Resource Offi­cer imme­di­ate­ly checked the area and placed the school on lock­down sta­tus as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. Addi­tion­al War­ren Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office units arrived with­in 4 min­utes of receiv­ing the call and estab­lished a perime­ter to search for any poten­tial threats.

As the inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued, it was deter­mined that the report was made in good faith by a con­cerned stu­dent; how­ev­er, no actu­al threat exist­ed on the school grounds. All War­ren Coun­ty Pub­lic Schools that had been placed in lock­down sta­tus were prompt­ly returned to nor­mal oper­a­tions fol­low­ing this determination.

The War­ren Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office would like to extend its grat­i­tude to the staff of War­ren Coun­ty Pub­lic Schools for their swift action and coop­er­a­tion dur­ing this inci­dent. Their rapid response great­ly assist­ed in ensur­ing a thor­ough and expe­dit­ed investigation.

For any fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Major Robert C. Mumaw