Woodgrove High School principal refutes online rumors of violent threat to campus

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.

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Class of 2020

Didn’t you know Sam can’t make everyone happy with all his attention focused on the locals and their fraudulent sports scholarships.

yakyak

what happened was a student brought it unloaded and passed it off to another student, after that the student who was in possession sold it to an adult in Lovettsville and months later the adult in possession dropped it in the Dulles mall, loco sheriff deputies recovered the gun then started an investigation the two juveniles involved were both charged, they gathered evidence from getting a search warrant on one of the juveniles Snapchat, which they found out the deal of the gun happened in the bathroom at Woodgrove highschool

Wahoowah

Probably someone just now told. Maybe broken friendship- who knows. There will always be this problem because we will never do anything about guns. The NRA cult has made sure of it.

WesternSky

The evidence was most likely a time stamped photo -- based on the story and timeline. That would seems to explain the delay.

CindyLou

4 months ago??? Are you kidding? Well what's wrong with that? Seems the MAGA crowd has a problem with gun control of any kind so I am not sure what everyone's upset about unless your a Democrat. This has become comical that the right doesn't want gun control but has a problem with this?? Maybe he or she felt the need to protect himself right? He didn't shoot anyone and thank god it wasn't an AR-15 right? Four months ago tells me some tattle tail got the wrong tail.

ace10

Nice try! You get a participation ribbon for that rant.

amerigirl

[offtopic] as usual, you use these comments to attack other people instead of commenting. Your life must be so frustrating. You talk about comment police, what do you think your comments are doing other than policing everyone else's comments? Hypocrisy at it finest.

ace10

Ironic 2X

More Cowbell

4 months ago. So do they know for a fact or is it speculation? Did they have it on video? What kind of gun, have they talked to the student? We won't hear anything more about this.

amerigirl

Do you think they would take action if it was only speculation? Does the rest even matter, if they were caught why does a video matter and who cares what type of gun? The student is underage and you won't get much info on that.

More Cowbell

Phyllis Admin, it did take them 4 months. Yes the rest matters, the gun wasn't underage. Plus I thought Schools were gun free zone, guess that didn't stop him.

RickC

How can safety be a priority if this happened and took them 4 months to find out about it? How did the student manage to get a weapon into the school?

LoudounPulse

Wow!!! Hope the person who brought the gun to school is expelled and arrested.

fbiwatchingyou

Nice Friday night news drop by the school/others. Classy for Loudoun

scottva

And only 4 months after the fact. That's as vague a statement as they come. Are there a few paragraphs missing from this article?:

"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."

How can this Shipp make that kind of statement when this happened 4 months ago? Did the kid just drop it off at school if it was recovered? This entire story makes no sense.

DannyG

The infraction occurred 4 months earlier, but they just learned of it so they notified parents almost immediately. There isn't enough information in the email to make sense of what happened, but if you call Shipp, I'm sure he'll tell you more. The email contained this: Good evening, Woodgrove parents,

I’m writing to inform you of an incident that occurred in our school. Within the last 24 hours, both Loudoun County Public Schools and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office learned that, in October, a student brought a handgun to Woodgrove High School. 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. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and the situation is being reviewed by school officials. In instances such as this, consequences are given in accordance with Loudoun County School Board policy and the Student Rights and Responsibilities guidelines. The safety and security of every student and staff member is LCPS’ highest priority, and we are informing you of this as part of our continued commitment to transparency. Thank you -

Sam Shipp, Principal, Woodgrove High School

MarcStinebaugh

You make no sense.

amerigirl

I would think that they had to ask other students before accusing someone.

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