A group of people who referred to themselves as members of the Black Panther Party entered Madison's Trust Elementary School in Brambleton Friday, saying they wanted to speak with administration regarding recent race-related incidents.
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the school around 10 a.m. A school employee called 911 regarding subjects who were “possibly being disorderly inside the office of the school,” according to the LCSO.
The incident came a week after the Times-Mirror broke a story about a physical education lesson at Madison's Trust that saw students acting as slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad.
School officials reported that the group entered the school’s vestibule by following a parent and student who were cleared by staff to enter the school through the electronic door access. The group reportedly continued into the office, some of whom showed IDs and asked to speak with a school administrator to discuss how recent events in the news surrounding the school were being addressed.
The group was told by a school administrator he could not discuss personnel matters, after which the group left the office with some members shouting, “No justice, no peace," according to authorities.
Upon arrival, deputies found the situation to be calm and observed a group of six people uniformly dressed in all black exiting the school. Authorities say they were compliant with the responding deputies, and one of the members self-identified the group as members of a Black Panther Party.
No threats were made toward the school or staff during the protest, according to the sheriff's office.
As a precaution, authorities say an LCSO school resource officer remained on campus for the rest of the school day.
No charges are expected to be filed stemming from the incident.
Sheriff's office spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Times-Mirror the situation did not meet the elements of trespassing or disorderly conduct to bring charges.
Law enforcement officials say that in light of the breach they are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the group entering the school and will work with school administrators and security staff regarding access to schools to identify any potential areas of concern, including strict visitor controls.
One member of the Black Panthers group took videos of March 1 incident at Madison's Trust. Watch below: