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Police investigate weapon report at NRHS

The Suffolk Police Department responded to Nansemond River High School on Tuesday for a sighting of a weapon.

City spokeswoman Diana Klink stated Suffolk Police received the call at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday that there was “an alleged sighting of a person getting out of a vehicle in the parking lot at Nansemond River High School with a weapon.”

She stated Suffolk Police have been in communication with a parent who dropped their child off in the parking lot at school “while in lawful possession of a firearm which has since been confirmed by documentation.”

Asked about lawful possession of a firearm on school property, Klink pointed to Virginia code section 22.1-131.1, which allows people to possess weapons on school property if they have a valid concealed handgun permit and possess the concealed handgun only while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle or other means of vehicular ingress to or egress from the property.

Klink continued by stating, “As always, the Suffolk Police Department appreciates students, teachers and citizens being observant, vigilant and alert to possibly dangerous situations which could potentially cause harm to others by immediately notifying emergency and school personnel.”