Suffolk officials installed metal detectors at Nansemond River High School on Wednesday based on what they described as information received through a social media site.
School leaders sent a letter to parents and extra law enforcement officers to the school Wednesday. An investigation is ongoing.
It was the third incident at a Suffolk school in eight days. On Jan. 23,
someone at King’s Fork High School reported that a student had a gun. The student was called to the office and searched. Police took the weapon, moved the student off campus and filed criminal charges.
Petitions were obtained alleging possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school property and underage possession of a firearm, police said in a news release. The student was taken to Tidewater Detention Home in Chesapeake and has been recommended for expulsion.
On Thursday, at least three fights broke out at King’s Fork involving several students. School officials said all who took part were disciplined and sent home.
On Friday in Virginia Beach, two Independence Middle School students were accused of having a weapon on school property, the principal said in a message to parents.
The students were charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of a firearm by a juvenile, police said, adding that they would not give more information on the incident.