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Civil War re-enactor causes lockdown at schools

March 28th, 2012 3:09 am by Staff Report

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.

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