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Berkeley County Schools placed on modified lockdown Friday

August 30, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Schools were placed on a modified lockdown Friday as a precaution due to unusual activity reported at a Jefferson County school, according to school and law-enforcement officials.

No such action was taken at Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Elementary School, where the activity was reported, or at any other Jefferson County school, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall said.

Wall said she was advised that a crossing guard reported two males tried twice to park in a prohibited space at Shepherdstown Elementary at about 11 a.m.

The males, who said they wanted to go into the building to see someone, left the campus after being told they had to park in the appropriate area and adhere to normal procedures if they wanted to enter the school, according to Wall.

The incident was reported to the police, who then issued an alert for a black car in which the males were riding in Berkeley County and Loudoun County, Va., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Hansen said. 

A black car was later spotted at Blue Ridge Elementary School near the West Virginia-Virginia line, but it was determined the vehicle was being driven by an older woman, Wall said. 

The lockdown in Berkeley County was done at the direction of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, according to school district spokeswoman Elaine Bobo. It did not affect the time of school dismissal, she said.

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— Matthew Umstead

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