Police called to schools in Independence, Galax

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By Landmark News Service


Police officers were kept busy with incidents involving Grayson County and Galax schools last week.
Last Wednesday, School Resource Officer Rhonda Halsey radioed for backup at Independence Middle School about 2 p.m.
The middle school and high school were locked down while officers searched student lockers at IMS.
Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a sixth grade student told his teacher that he saw bullets fall out of a student’s pocket.
After a search by Grayson deputies, Cpl. Matthew Adams and Ron Houk of the Independence Police Department and school officials, several live bullets were found along with two paintball guns.
Vaughan said two sixth grade students were charged with disorderly conduct and could face other charges.
IMS principal Jamey Hale said the two students had been suspended until the discipline committee could meet.
In another incident last Thursday, Galax police were called Galax High School after a student took what looked like a grenade to school.
Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said a part of the school was isolated and, after investigation, it was determined that the object was actually a paper weight.
Last Monday, officers searched Grayson County High School after a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom wall. Nothing was found.
Both Clark and Vaughan said such offenses are serious and that officers respond in force when anything happens at school.
Vaughan said anyone communicating a bomb threat and would be charged.