A Friday night email from Woodgrove High School Principal Sam Shipp notified parents that a student brought a handgun into the facility in October.
Shipp wrote that Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office first learned of the incident 24 hours or less before the email was sent at 6:16 p.m. Friday, roughly four months after the fact.
"We have no information that suggests there were plans to use the gun to threaten or harm any students or staff at the school. We currently have no reason to believe that there is any risk to any students or staff as a result of this incident. The weapon has been recovered," Shipp wrote.
According to the email, the LCSO is investigating the incident, and penalties or punishment will be handed out in accordance with LCPS policy and the Loudoun County School Board's Student Rights and Responsibilities guidelines.
Shipp closed the email by saying safety "is LCPS' highest priority, and we are informing you of this as part of our continued commitment to transparency."
The Times-Mirror attempted to get more specifics on the incident from Shipp and Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman Wayde Byard.
Byard said Shipp's email is the only statement the school system would be making on the matter.