BRISTOL, Va. — A report of a man with a gun sent two school campuses into alert mode Tuesday morning, but the man turned out to be a Civil War re-enactor carrying a long rifle for a presentation.
According to the Bristol Police Department, officers responded to a report of a man carrying a rifle on Moore Street near Virginia Intermont College just before 9 a.m. Police started searching the area and notified V.I. officials of the circumstances.
Saint Anne’s Catholic School, which is a block away, also was notified.
V.I. went into a “Shelter In Place” alert, and Saint Anne’s went into a lockdown. V.I. security officials soon advised police that they had verified information about a Civil War re-enactor who was speaking to a history class on the campus.
The speaker had apparently brought a long rifle to show the class and was probably seen leaving as he carried that rifle, police said. Both schools canceled their alerts and resumed normal operations.